We sat in our third meeting of the day, digging through the details of the project at hand when the room started to rumble. At first, we all thought it was a truck going past, as this tends to shake the building a bit, but no, this was a real earthquake.
Stunned, we started to get up as it was tough to tell how bad it was going to be. A few items fell to the floor, and then the shaking started to subside. I looked outside at the traffic lights and saw them bouncing around from the tremor. We were all a bit stunned and checked around with our officemates to make sure they were all okay.
I ran back to the office to check on the dog, who was seemingly woken from a deep sleep, but showed no signs of despair. Passing the kitchen on the way back to the meeting, I noticed that several stacks of cups had fallen from the top of the fridge.
When we got home, we noticed a few items had fallen from their places. An older clock was broken from the fall, so we tossed it out. All in all we were virtually undamaged, but there really is something unnatural about the earthquake experience.
5.4, 2008/07/29, 11:42:15, 3 miles WSW of Chino Hills, CA