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Feline Friday – #105 – the scary day



Frankie in the towel cupboard

Yesterday was a very scary day for Frankie and Freddie… and all animals… wild or pets. The cats were already on edge because of the yoyos in the neighborhood letting off illegal fireworks in the creek for several days before July the Fourth.

Then at 10:33am the 6.4 earthquake struck. I was sitting upstairs working on the computer in my loft when I felt and heard the building creaking and then swaying. I walked VERY gingerly downstairs to the living room feeling like I was on a roller coaster. Although the epicenter was 100 miles away it was the strongest quake I have felt since moving in here 18 years ago. Not nearly as strong as the 1994 Northridge earthquake when I was living about a mile away, but the epicenter of that one was more local.

And what we feel in this neighborhood depends on how the faults are connected.

Frankie took refuge in the towel cupboard and would not come out all day! Freddie was much more laid back about the whole thing but he generally follows me around the house anyway so it’s hard to tell how concerned he was. Here he is on the scanner behind my desk so I can turn around and give him a scratch every now and again.

There were after shocks all day. And living in LA, of course there are numerous fireworks shows all over the city. From about 7:30pm until 10:30 it sounded like a war out there. Some explosions were so loud they shook the building. Some years I leave the building to enjoy fireworks with friends. But yesterday I was home and I’m glad because I believe it gave the cats some reassurance that all was well.



Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

15 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #105 – the scary day

  1. I’m so glad you are ok, RMW. Those quakes are seriously scary! I’ve only ever felt 3 very minor ones.


    • Even minor ones can be unsettling. When we first arrived in LA I was sitting on the beach when suddenly the horizon tilted! It was only a small tremblor but it was my first and therefore scary!


  2. Eek! I wondered how you were doing. I’m glad to hear you’re okay. That has to be scary. Frankie looks cozy!


  3. Yesterday was definitely a bad day in your household. Hopefully the weekend will be peaceful. Locally there are a few yoyos that will shoot fireworks all weekend.


  4. Lucky no damage. Cats always look to us for reassurance when something out of the ordinary happens.


  5. I just heard it on our news. Seems like 5 more on the way. Stay safe in California and at 60% chance of greater than 6.0 on richter scale was what the seismologist said in your state. I hope it stops!


    • Thanks for your good wishes! I always used to think that this size earthquake was good because it was releasing stress from the main fault. But now I learn that they are actually putting more pressure on the fault and also causing other smaller faults to go. Nothing I can do but be prepared!


      • I pray for all these shocks to abate or at least the release of pressure is at a site where human lives are not sited. Yes be prepared and careful is really any one can do in such a natural phenomenon. Take care and keep us posted.

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