A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California.
When an earthquake hit Los Angeles today, the moms at the momlogic office were rattled -- literally. Here are six moms' unique perspectives.
|"This is my first earthquake since becoming a mother, and I realized that being a mom changes everything. I thought about how scared my 2-year-old daughter must be at her daycare. I just wanted to go get her to let her know she was safe." - Andrea, mom of 1|
|"Honestly at first I felt excited about the earthquake, but after a few seconds when it continued I got incredibly nervous for my husband, my baby, my family and my friends. I immediately called the babysitter, but when her phone didn't work, I called my husband. He got through to our friend who lives close to our house and drove over to check on everything. I knew nothing was wrong, but it was great to hear it from someone who was with my daughter in person that everything was OK." - Annie, mom of 1|
|"Born and raised in San Francisco, this is far from my first quake. I've been through the Bay Bridge collapse and the Northridge quake -- just to name a few. So I'm a little jaded about most earthquakes, and am not easily rattled. But when our 5th floor offices began to sway and shake today, it shook me up a little. It went on for what felt like a long time -- in actuality about 30 seconds -- and my immediate instinct was to join the other moms and get the hell out of the building!" - Jill, mom of 2|
|"I was terrified actually. I had a friend in my cubicle and grabbed onto her tightly yelling 'What do we do?' I got teary-eyed. I tried repeatedly to call my kids who are at home with their nanny. It was horribly frightening. I was out of sorts for a good hour after it happened. I wondered where they were, who was with them, did my sitter know earthquake safety. Not fun!" - Rachel, mom of 3|
|"I almost didn't want to go back up to the building afterwards, I was so shaken up. None of the cell phones were working and I couldn't get in touch with my nanny. I managed to get an email through on my Blackberry. It was really frightening." - Melissa, mom of 1|
|"My first thought was if the building was going down or not. It was shaking violently and all I could think about were my kids. They are in New York right now with my husband so I knew they were safe, but I was worried I wouldn't be. You realize in a moment like that how powerless you really are, and how little material possessions matter. I wasn't worried about my house or my car -- I just wanted to live for my family." - Julie, mom of 2|
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