earthquake that changed everything

Elizabeth Lira

“I didn’t know what to do and I was scared to death.” Said my Mom. I decided to interview my Mom for this report. My Mom was apart of the Northridge earthquake. The epicenter was Northridge, but at the time my Mom was in South Pasadena. The earthquake was on January 17, 1994, and the magnitude was 6.7. On the day of the earthquake my Mom woke up at 3 am the minute the earthquake began. My mom was at her house in South Pasadena sleeping when it started. My mom felt really scared and really confused because she didn’t know what was happening. She felt the ground shaking and it sounded like a freight train going through her wall. My Mom went to the living room and turned on the news to see what was happening.

There only was a little bit of damage from the earthquake. There were cracks in the walls and some glasses broke. My Mom remembers after the earthquake she drove to see Mrs. Green and Mrs. Goethals. She had to drive on the 210 freeway and she had to go under a tunnel and she was very scared that it might fall.

My Mom’s tips to be prepared for a earthquake are having lots of water, flashlights, batteries, and a battery powered radio. My mom said she wished she’d known this earlier so she would have been prepared for the earthquake.

Here is a photo of my Mom and I after the interview