Of course I don't have any photos of an earthquake happening.
However, I felt my very first earthquake while sitting on this green couch, pictured above.
I was getting ready for school and waiting for my Mom. I remember feeling the room shaking slightly. I was around 6 or 7 years old.
My Mom always got very excited in an earthquake! She immediately opened the front door, but the shaking had stopped by then. She called my Grandma to see if she was all right. Then we went to school as normal. We never practised earthquake preparedness in school, or anywhere. We were never told what to do, or what to prepare for, or what to have on hand. No one seemed to take earthquakes seriously in the 1960's, 1970's or even the 1980's. We were a calm and unprepared people.
The recent March 11/11 9.0 earthquake in Sendai, Japan, has me spooked. Their earthquake is part of the Pacific Rim faultline, which is also ours. I have a small earthquake kit on hand, currently in my front hall closet. I definitely do not have enough food or water on hand to last for 3 weeks, though. I guess in the event of a major catastrophe I will lose a vast amount of weight.
I'd love to be more prepared, so I'm making a list of things I need to add to my kit:
2. Canned food
3. Plastic spoons
4. Large plastic tarp
Hmm...I need a place to store all this stuff.