we sure used to have a lot of earthquakes when i was a kid growing up in oxnard, california. but in the past nearly 3 years of living in socal, we've only had a handful.
until just this past month!
i woke up to the bed rocking and rolling the other morning. a 4.4 right here on the west side of los angeles. i hovered over little sleeping buddy (yes, my 3 year old was in my bed) and looked for signs of a cracking infrastructure. checked with babe - he didn't feel it. that earthquake felt like it went on for a full minute!
then on friday night i was laying on the ground reading buddy stories before bed when i felt BOOM! BOOM! and all of the fixtures started shaking. i kept watching the ceiling fan and she goes: mama, whatchu keep looking at? i hollered out to babe in the living room - big earthquake! he said nah, i didn't feel anything. 5.1! that is big.
none of these felt like the northridge earthquake from 1994, which felt and sounded like a train was going by my (second story) window. that was a 6.7 and it pretty much broke socal for a bit.
fascinating story for you, i'm sure.