There was an earthquake in California last month and I was there! Oregon could be next so learn how to stay safe

There was an earthquake in California last month and I was there! Oregon could be next so learn how to stay safe

About a month ago, I went to California to visit some family. What I didn’t know was that during my short three-day excursion, I would experience my first ever earthquake. Many of you are probably aware of the many earthquakes that have been occurring, specifically in California. Before I went there, I hadn’t really thought about the fact that I could potentially be in one. Before I knew it, my aunt was informing me that I slept through two that happened during the night.

I’m not going to lie; I was a little disappointed with myself and my heavy sleeping. To a small extent, I had always wondered how it would feel to be in an earthquake. Well, after the next day, July 5th, wondering was no longer necessary. I was at Disney California Adventure in line for the Incredicoaster when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at approximately 8:20 pm. Since the earthquake was near Ridgecrest and I was in Anaheim, I didn’t feel it as strongly as other parts of California. But, when I was in line and saw everything swaying as if I was in a rocking crib, I knew immediately that an earthquake was happening. The rides were shut down, and fortunately no one was hurt.

Even though I thought the experience was in a way kind of thrilling, I’m well aware that these dangerous natural disasters should not be taken lightly. If you are ever in an earthquake, drop onto your hands and knees, cover your head and neck (either with your hands or go under a table), and hold on! Since Oregon is a higher risk area for an earthquake because of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, I recommend to research more about how to stay safe.

Kili is a junior at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.