I have just experienced my first earthquake in Southern California. Honestly, it was considered moderate for this area, but in my book it was much worse than that.
I was actually at home with my two children and my son's friend Chelsea. At first I thought the garbage trucks who were picking up for the day, had hit the house, then the noise got louder and louder until all at once my training in earthquake awareness kicked in and I begin to scream "EARTHQUAKE". About that time the jolt hit so hard it knocked me down and I fell on my knees and I was only concerned about my children's safety My son and his friend were immediately in door ways. I started screaming for my daughter to get under a desk or something at the sometime I was unable to stand up, so I was crawling on the floor down to her room. It was very very loud and the swaying and the jolting were horrifying, I just cannot describe it any other way. I have never experienced anything like it. We are just a few miles from Pomona and Chino Hills (the epicenter), it seemed like the experience lasted about 15-20 seconds and I can promise you every second was LONG!!!
As far as damage, we had things fall off shelves, the kitchen cabinets opened, drawers opened, things rolled off table tops. The water in the pool looked like waves! But, that is all we have found so far.
My husband called and said that his building is built up on about 5 feet of concrete and 75 feet long and it looked like Jell-O jiggling.
We are setting tight and waiting for more news and reports, staying in as they are asking people to do. Odd the things that run through your mind when something like this happens. Life seems to take on new meaning………