Wednesday, July 30, 2008


A 5.6 in the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles knocks stuff off shelves, and Californians take it in stride.

At the Crazy Coyote Mexican Grill, server Maria Ruiz, 21, said she “just kind of like froze” when the shaking started. The picture frames on the wall started moving and then she “heard what sounded like a really loud rattle,” Ruiz said. In the kitchen, cups started falling over. “I was pretty scared,” she said.

By about 12:15 p.m., things were back to normal in the restaurant, and she had to get off the phone to serve customers.

As a lot of my life-long California relatives tell me, it’s just something you get used to…like hurricanes in Florida and volcanoes in Seattle.

If you have a good quake story, share it here.