It happened yesterday at 4:04 a.m. and was a 4.4 magnitude earthquake. Those who, like me, find significance in just about everything, will find this significant.
I heard a rumble, as though an 18-wheeler were passing nearby. Then a sort of ‘pop.’ I sat up straight in bed. Then came the shudder. It lasted no more than a few seconds.
Interestingly, though, I kept shaking after the shuddering stopped. It was not an emotional reaction – it was over so quickly I didn’t have time to be frightened – but as if the quake were still rumbling through me. It was similar to the feeling I’ve had stepping onto solid ground after a long train ride.
Sleep wouldn’t come. Not for a long time.
The epicenter was Pico Rivera, ten miles east-southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center.
Close enough for reflection.