Earthquakes are "moving experiences" if you'll pardon the pun. I've been in two "minor" ones; one near Monterrey CA in the 1970s and one in 1992 in the town in Tx where I live now. The CA one hit during the night, and the TX one hit around 5 a.m. Both of them woke me up out of a sound sleep and had me sitting up in bed. I attribute that to having been in the F4 and F5 tornadoes that hit my home town on May 11, 1970. That rumbling noise like a train going over a bridge will get my complete attention in a proverbial "New York minute." Of course, once I was awake, I realized that the noise had stopped and there was no storm noise. After being in a tornado, minor earthquakes are kind of anticlimactic. The one in CA broke the water main, and I had to brush my teeth with Sprite -- which kind of defeats the purpose.
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