Survivors Describe California Earthquake Experience
|By David Bitton, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I was in the midst of a dream, so I woke screaming, thinking I was still dreaming," Davis said. "My fiance crawled over me to protect me. It really sounded like the building was coming down around us. It felt like it was never going to stop. It scared us both."
Toppled furniture, a television and broken glass littered the floor following the
"It looked like our room had been ransacked," Davis said.
They grabbed some clothes and headed for the lobby where they heard stories from other guests of rooms that were flooded.
The smell of gas filled the parking lot, and the couple returned to their room until the hotel was evacuated around
After sunrise, Davis was able to take a look around outside and see the missing windows and cracks in the
Since the track was not damaged in the earthquake, the
Closer to home, many people in
Moreno said he's been in earthquakes before and wasn't scared at all.
"I thought someone was playing around in our pool," the 31-year-old said.
Her husband turned the light on outside and went to investigate.
"It looked like the ocean in our pool," Anderson said. "It was splashing around."
Not seeing any footprints of someone who may have run off, the couple suspected it was likely an earthquake.
Anderson got online and quickly confirmed it was an earthquake.
"It was kind of surprising," Anderson said.
Water that splashed out from a
"(It) scared the crap out of me," Pate said.
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