Wouldn’t you know it. Last night I went to bed earlier than normal. As I lay there tossing and turning we had a small earthquake. In years past I would have rolled over and gone back to sleep, but in those days I wasn’t a father.
So I did a quick walk around the house to confirm that the children were ok and that nothing had fallen from the shelves. It took all of a couple minutes to verify this and I returned to the bedroom where I tossed and turned for a while. Not because I was nervous but because as I have mentioned many times I am a night owl and my body was awake.
A moderate earthquake rattled the Los Angeles area early Thursday, waking residents and knocking some items off shelves and walls.
The magnitude 4.5 temblor struck just before 1 a.m. about 4 miles northwest of Chatsworth, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage, said spokesman Brian Humphrey, of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The quick jolt was felt by residents across Los Angeles County, and many reported that their houses vibrated, windows rattled and books, pictures and other items fell.