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Monday's the 20th anniversary of the Spring Break Quake! Where were you? Me: on the radio, with Tom Parker, hoping the building would quit swaying, while we took K103 all-news for the next three hours. So...What were you doing? I asked my Facebook friends. You can join in here.
Mary Emmerich-- pouring my morning coffee wondering what the hell was happening.
Jan Hall-- 8 months pregnant & on bedrest for preterm labor. Lying in bed awake, wondering what the heck, and listening to you on the radio.
Mary Bailey-- I was laying in my waterbed riding the waves! As soon as the shaking stopped, the pitter-patter of my children's feet came from all directions and we had our first family meeting under my covers! Wow, I can hardly believe that 20 years have passed since then!
Cindy Hanson --OMG, could it have been 20 years ago? I lived in Aurora at the time, close to the epicenter at Scott's Mills. It sounded like a train going through the house and shook pictures off the wall. My ex hubby, on his way to work, didn't feel it at all while he was driving. My cat, Oscar, hid for hours.
Kathy Reese-- I was sleeping. I thought my cats were fighting on the bed, until I realized it was an earthquake. Then in to the doorway, until the shaking stopped.
Kathy Lawless Johnson-- I was living in Beavercreek at the time and we were lying in our waterbed amazed at the fact that the mirrored canopy didn't come crashing down on us.
Beth Lang-- In bed, my husband jumped up and said "wow this is cool" while I was panicking because I had a baby in the next room. My dad had cancer at the time, died that July, but in his old house the bricks from the chimney were falling. I called my parents later that morning and my dad said "I can die now, I've lived through an earthquake". My mom and I were just talking about that this week, how happy dad was to have experienced an earthquake.
Diane Marshac--We were in Hawaii that week enjoying the sun and fun!
Jan Becker Gaspar-- Yearly trek with my three children camping at Barview on the coast, let me tell you, being on the ground in a sleeping bag during an earthquake was a whole new experience!
Francine Chough-- My husband had just gone to the bathroom and I wondered why he shaked the door so hard. Then our daughter came in and told us we had an earthquake! Then you confirmed it! Whew!
Cindy Hanson @Jan: LOVE Barview, my favorite coastal campground. Next to Beverly Beach, of course.
Elaine Soulagnet-- Mary Bailey, so funny . . . we were in our waterbed, too, and had quite a ride. I actually felt physically sick, like seasick.
Tina Olson-Elliott-- Laying in bed thinking someone was playing a joke on me. 20 years wow.
Phill Colombo-- On the ground floor of our NE Portland (Roseway Neighborhood) house wondering who had just driven a truck into our basement...at least, that's what it sounded like. The north side of our foundation sustained a crack.
Tess Vigeland-- 20?!?! I was in bed, jumped up, called NPR and filed a spot without even knowing magnitude (no Internets!). Then I put clothes on. (TMI?)
Kathy Johnson --My young sons and I were in Salem visiting a friend. My youngest, then 9 asked what was going on. I told him it was an earthquake and his reply was " Can I have breakfast? Earthquakes make me hungry."
Jean Miesbach Cline-- In bed, asleep. An interesting anecdote, my mother was visiting from Colorado, and we had talked beforehand about this being an earthquake zone. She said she had never experienced a quake, and I said we would see what we could do about that! Be careful what you wish for!
Charleen Sharer-- In bed, asleep. The quake woke me up and I didn't realize what was happening even though I had an idea what was going on. I remember the old farmhouse that I grew up was being pulled east. It was the oddest thing.
Diane Purvis McGinnis-- I lived in Nevada, so didn't feel this one, but my mom told me that she was asleep and my dad was in the living room. She said she woke up wondering why my dad was shaking the bed so much just to put on his socks. The day I went into labor with my daughter (17-1/2 years ago), we had an earthquake in Reno. I was upstairs taking a nap since I'd been sent home from the hospital to wait out my labor. I came downstairs and told my mom (who was visiting) that we just had an earthquake and she said, "Oh, I thought that was you getting out of bed." I was a day away from having a baby and definitely felt as big as house, but wasn't really capable of shaking a house!
Pam Curtis Warren --Was getting ready to meet Sandy's City Manager for a breakfast meeting; I was on the City Council back then. Had bent over to pick up my briefcase, I'd just worked out, the furnace kicked on, and everything started shaking. I screamed at my kids to get out of the house - they were all asleep in bed; we had a daylight ranch and I thought it would come off the foundation. Later, bestie and I stood out on the front porch and scream-sang, 'I Feel The Earth Move' to our next door neighbor who worked nights and slept through the whole thing.
Pam Curtis Warren-- What amazed me was later, at work, as everyone recounted their stories about where they were/what they were doing - how many people either thought it was the dog scratching or they were sitting on the john. LOL
Nancy Connolly-- I was at work in the interior building at PC Kwik when it hit. I hid under a desk then thought "they'll never find me" so I ran to a door. The building was swaying so much I couldn't unlock the door! my husband was at home with our daughters and they jumped in bed with him! a day I'll never forget! I was listening to K103 for updates and comfort.
Mary Taylor-- In bed as it was around 530 am or so. My son born 12-15 was in bed with me. Drawers rattled mini blinds swayed and waved and then it was over
Cheryl Hanson-- Still asleep, I thought there were animals running on the roof. Then my Mom called to see if I was ok. Just went back to sleep.
Troy Belnap-- I was sleeping. It was my freshman year in High School. I was pretty freaked after the quake. But it prepared me for the 4 or 5 other quakes I've been through since here in the NW, including the Nisqually Quake when I was living in Seattle....
Terry V Johnson-- SOUND ASLEEP.
Steve Altig-- At "Earthquake: The Big One" at Universal Studios with another WL family. At the end of the show the guide mention the Portland Quake.
We called home- our house-sitters said the animals "went nuts a few minutes before, no damage except my grandmother's teacup lost its handle when it fell...
Patty Taylor Dutcher-- Driving to the health club for a workout -- didn't know a thing was going on until I walked in the front door and everyone was wide-eyed and still frightened.
Joanna V. Gebhart-- I listened to you all morning. Remember it well.
Arnie Lowder Woke us up and not sure what happened. It felt like someone hit our house. Ran into our 15 month old son's bedroom to see if he was okay. He was standing in his crib, not crying. Probably trying to figure out the same thing.
John Erickson --After we finished our coverage that morning, KCBS in San Francisco called and had me do a wrapup. I could almost feel their anchor thinking, "5.6?? Ha!" But hey, it was strong!
John Erickson-- Tess Vigeland I now see you public radio people in an entirely different light.
Diane Purvis McGinnis --Steve Altig, are you thinking of this quake that occurred at 5:30 in the morning, or the one centered near Olympia that was around 11:00 a.m. on February 28, 2001? I don't think Universal Studios is open at 5:30 in the morning.
Matt Norquist-- Was awoken by the quake. Knew what was happening instantly. Called to my wife, "Earthquake!" I ran into one of our boy's bedrooms and told her to grab the other son. Before we could even get the boys out of their respective beds, the shaking had stopped.
Sean Watts-- I was in Brookings, OR and found out when Medford's NBC affiliate started simulcasting KGW.
Diane Kovach-- My mom, son and I were at the coast. I woke up as I thought someone was shaking the bed. Got up and turned on TV. My son was mad as he did not feel it. Such a weird feeling. Never forget it.
Steve Altig-- DianeP. Waz Orlando! Universal...
We were taking a day away from Disney World. 3hr difference!! Waz first event of Day. Took our Eight YO daughter on Spring Break!!
Diane Purvis McGinnis --Okay. That makes sense. I guess I'm a west coast girl -- forgot about the other coast!
Cyn Bolsta-- Twenty years? I was in the KISN control room (then on Macadam) with John Williams and Debb Janes. Good times and great oldies. And great memories.
Valerie Ring-- On the Morning Zoo, the boys sent me to the top floor of the Big Pink to do a report. Crazy!
Nadine Kincaid-- I was in bed, and praying the mirror/shelves top half of the dresser didn't fall on my head! Then we were running for the kids' room...
Linda Wilkinson-- I was in bed at home in Lake Oswego listening to you guys on the radio. The kids slept through the whole thing!
Jill Jackson-- On a treadmill wondering why my right foot kept hitting the railing and why things were falling from my stacks of things in the room I was in. Met my husband going out the door as he was coming in because he knew I was going to be freaking out in a matter of minutes. Which I did do.
Deb Wright-- I was at work
Bridget Connell-- I missed it, I had moved to Houston. My sister had just hit her snooze when it hit. She ran out of her room screaming that she would never hit the snooze again.
Carolyn Erickson Scalise-- Providence Portland, Coronary Care Unit, giving a bath to my patient (who had open heart surgery the previous day). As I felt the rumble and shaking of the hospital, my patient (who was from Los Angeles), calmly told me, "It's just an earthquake, about a 5 or so. Don't worry!" How's that, the patient taking care of his nurse!
Lynne Safley Stratton-- I was just going back to sleep after putting my 8 day old daughter back to bed. It was very strange seeing the walls of my house sway.
Tom Parker-- I was bracing myself in the doorway to the studio staring at you standing in the doorway the newsroom when we said "out goes the format!" Between that and Craig's beeper going off a couple of days earlier, it was beyond memorable. It was my great fortune to have you anchoring the coverage.
Ogaenia Calkins-- Laying in bed after working a night shift and my son Robert, then 3, looked at me and asked me what was that mommy?
Margaret Rice-- My foggy brain (at that hour!) reasoned it was my husband in the crawl space under the bedroom, shaking the floor supports, to scare me as a joke. As if he could, or even would!
Mark Henrichsen-- Got awoken by that quake. I remember it well in Hazel Dell.