There's nothing more disconcerting than those first moments of an earthquake. Is this the Big One? Is it going to get worse?
When you're almost 30 stories up in a building that's attached to bedrock (as I was), even a small earthquake, like the 4.3 earthquake that struck Newhall at 1:47 p.m. today, brings to mind the fact that it is a very, very long way to the ground.
The USGS initially assigned it a 4.2--hardly a flutter in Los Angeles terms, no matter how worried our East Coast brethren are about tiny quakes--and upgraded it to 4.3 about an hour later.
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Most of Orange County didn't feel it, and no damage was reported, but the quake rattled windows from Tehachapi well into Los Angeles.