Post # 1
I live in San Francisco and I am terrified of earthquakes. I don’t even want to live here anymore! Our apartment is pretty safe (it sustained no damage in the ’89 quake) but his office buidling may not be- it was built in the early 1900’s (after the 1906 earthquake) and it seems to be masonry/cement. I can’t force my SO to get another job, so I asked him to get some info on his building to ease my concerns. but what if the building is unsafe? I can’t stop thinking about this and crying about it. I don’t think I’d be able to go on if anything happened to him, God forbid. What I really don’t understand is why nobody else is worried about earthquakes! Isn’t there supposed to be some “big one” that will destroy the entire city or something? SO says it’s more likely to hit Los Angeles but I don’t know where he’s getting that info from.
Post # 3
@embarrassed99: Are you new to California? As someone who has lived here my whole life I have zero earthquake anxiety. Usually if one hits I just sit there & wait to see if it’ll get bigger.
All buildings in SF have been retrofitted. Your SO is perfectly safe.
Post # 4
Don’t stress about things you can’t change. Just be sure you are prepared in case of emergency. Have an emergency backpack ready to go in a convenient spot, and maybe another in your trunk. Also set up a meeting point with you and loved ones in case you can not make calls.
You can not change the inevitable. Just live your life.
Post # 5
I have been through many an earthquake in my life, as I’ve grown up here, so I don’t have anxiety. I don’t know when it happens, but I’m not worried about it. Why should I? I can’t do anything about it!
It’s funny what you say about it likely hitting LA… people here thin it will happen there 😉
Post # 6
So, I grew up in CA and I’m moving back. Earthquakes don’t bother me at all. Like the PP said, buildings in CA have to be up to code re earthquakes. That being said, maybe look at some websites on earthquake preparedness to ease your mind. My parents have their heavy cabinets strapped to the wall. They have bottled water kept in the house in case they need it in an emergency.
My friend who has lived on the east coast her whole life is terrified by earthquakes, but I think it’s because she hasn’t experienced a ton (just one to my knowledge) and I think it’s in large part because she wouldn’t know what to do if one hit. I’m terrified of hurricanes but my Florida native fiance thinks they’re no big deal. You can’t predict earthquakes, you can only be prepared if one happens, and once you are, rest easy that you’ve done all you can!
Post # 7
@StephieBee: I think there’s no way to tell where it will happen! Maybe it will happen in Oregon and we’d both be safe, go figure! Anyway, I actually grew up in LA and I was in the ’94 earthquake there- so I remember that and I was fine, but I just know that this one is supposed to be bigger (although supposedly not as big as the Japan one)
Post # 8
I assume most people deal with the possibility of eathquakes the way they deal with every other thing mother nature throws at us: they acknowledge it’s a possibility, but move on with their lives. Colorado is wonderful, but there is always a risk of blizzards and avalanches in the winter, and wildfires in the summer. It sucks, and they do destroy a lot of property and sometimes kill people, but that’s just life. Any place you could image living is going to have similar risks. You could move to the southern or eastern coast, but they have hurricanes, the midwest has tornadoes, and california has earthquakes.
In all honesty, I think people are more likely to die from car accidents, cancer or a heart problem than they are to die from earthquakes. Mother nature is not something you can change, so you might as well not dwell on “what if’s” and just go on living your life to the fullest.
Post # 9
@CaliHoya: Haha, good points. I was in an earthquake as a child but other than that, I’m just an extremely anxious person! I grew up for the most part on the east coast (LA in my very early years) and I never worried about hurricanes or blizzards there…at least you can predict them.
Post # 10
I never worry about it. We’ve been thru lots of small quakes. Even the dogs don’t wake up.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
I lived through the ’89 earthquake and was fine. I was born in the Bay Area… so I’ve seen and been through all the earthquakes here in the last 28 years. I think about it sometimes and have emergency kits in my house.
I just look at other states and see drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, etc and realize it doesn’t matter where you live… there’s always going to be something. Might as well be prepared but don’t let worry rule over your life. And honestly I worry more about car accidents than earthquakes here!
The best thing to do in an emergency situation is to be calm. If you’re all strung up before the event has even happened, I can only imagine how you’ll react in the midst of it all.
Post # 12
@embarrassed99: I slept through the CA Northridge earthquake. We were staying at my grandmother’s that night and she came in telling me to get up and I told her to go back to sleep, it would be over soon. So, clearly it’s old hat for me. Probably should have still gotten up to be safe though, haha.
When my fiance first experienced an earthquake he thought a big truck or someone with a loud bass was going by. Didn’t even know what had happened.
Post # 13
@embarrassed99: People have been saying “The big one is coming” my entire life. I think it’s crap. And if it does, it’s not like I can do anything about it. We have emergency kits at home, in the car & at work. That’s about all you can do. Honestly, I prefer the idea that if it happens, you deal with it than tornados and hurricanes that you know are coming and freak out about only to have it not cause damage.
Post # 14
I have lived in California nearly my whole life and I have never once felt an earthquake. There have been a few that were strong enough to feel in my area but they happened overnight and I never woke up. Others happened during the day but I somehow was oblivious to them. I don’t have a problem overcoming a fear of earthquakes because I just don’t have a fear of them! Maybe learning some steps to take to ensure your safety during an earthquake will ease your anxiety.
Post # 15
California native born and raised and honestly I never even think about earthquakes. To be honest of all the natural “disasters” I would take a shake, rattle and roll over the alternatives (ie; fire burning down home, tornado/hurricane ripping off my roof etc).
Earthquakes often come and go without anyone noticing. It will take a substantial quake to see any damage and they aren’t frequent. Yes, you life in SF with big buildings and a history but those buildings are retrofitted to meet certain codes…otherwise you couldn’t live/work in them.
Post # 16
I was born and raised in California, so I have no anxiety with earthquakes. They can even e kind of exciting sometimes. I think you just have to get used to them.