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April 4 2010

Earthquake Baby California San Diego Style with a mini Tsunami

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Was just doing taxes. (This is our San Diego earthquake story)

My wife walked down to the lower level, and I felt the house give a little roll.

I yelled to her, “hey, we are having an earthquake”.

I immediately thought of one of my silly things, which is to watch water slosh during earthquakes.

So before it even stopped shaking, I grabbed the pool key and yelled, let’s go see the pool!

As I got out the door, I noticed a little wind, and as we were running said,

“oops, the wind will cover up any ripple waves.”

When we got to the pool it was a different story, the whole pool, about half an olympic size one, was sloshing back and forth,

like a drunk, stumbling, carrying an overfilled beer across the bar, that sloshes out the side.

We stood and watched for about 3 minutes, and it slowly subsided, but never stopped.

Our neighbors just moved to California, and I met them for the first time.

She asked “Does this happen all the time?”

We said, nope, you were just lucky.

  1. stefmkd said on April 8th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Shocking story ;S. I dont want to be in their place

  2. Shaylee said on April 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Earthquakes are pretty amazing but a scary thing to go through. I cannot imagine what I would do if I was caught up in one. However running out to the pool to see how bad the quake was is very gutsy if you ask me.

  3. PMac3000 said on April 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I used to live in Cali, and have felt a few quakes. I never thought to go look at the pool I wish I would have though. That sounds amazing.

  4. Justin said on April 22nd, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    For some reason, I really want to be in an earthquake. I think it would be fun. :]

  5. Kduffy89 said on April 22nd, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Growing up on the West Coast where Earthquakes occur more frequently, I find that I am still not tired of them and that I find them to be very exciting!

  6. Jimmy said on April 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Looking at the pool during an earthquake… that’s a good idea 🙂
    That sounds kind of scary.

  7. sryan218 said on April 22nd, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’m terrified of earthquakes. I just moved to the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up, and was always told we are overdo for a major earthquake. I’m waiting for the day…

  8. julie said on April 23rd, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Having grown up on a California fault line, I found this hysterical. Thanks for the giggle.

  9. Layne said on May 3rd, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Ooh that sucks :(.

  10. Spencer said on May 3rd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I live in San Diego but was up in Huntington beach when the quake happened. It was different from most quakes I’ve felt before- less shaky and more “rolly” as you pointed out. I saw video I imagine was similar to yours of pool water sloshing up over the side again and again. By far the biggest quake I’ve experienced in 5 years in California!

  11. ArlFish said on May 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    That’s a pretty sweet habit to have, even though it’s semi-dangerous. Poor neighbors, though… I’m sure they were freaked!

  12. jennyroq826 said on May 4th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Pretty cool! I have never been in an earthquake but don’t really plan to either. lol

  13. Syntheticelegance said on May 12th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Ha, I never thought of looking at a pool. I went to California for a whole year once. I guess I can say that I was lucky enough to experience a small earthquake when I was asleep in the middle of the night.

  14. cadamisa said on May 16th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    During my very first earthquake, I ran out of the bathroom, out of the house, almost butt naked…I’m telling you people, it can be scary. You never know how bad it’s going to be.

  15. SnowBall said on July 17th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I remember that earthquake! It was such a weird roller. Everything was swaying really slow and long instead of shaking really fast. I remember seeing the palm trees swaying and it was very eerie. I was sitting on a bed at the time and thought of the Exorcist. Scary. And i think I saw a pool video on youtube of this earthquake and that too was an eerie sight to see.

  16. Hoo Kang said on August 4th, 2010 at 2:22 am


    Get this on video next time if you get a chance.

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