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1971—The big Sylmar earthquake, 6.6 on the Richter scale, rocked the San Fernando Valley where I lived. The I-5 overpass north of the valley collapsed for the first time and Granada Hills neighborhoods adjacent to the earthen Van Norman Dams were evacuated, which meant a family of seven bunking with us in a three bedroom home already housing five people.
Interesting times to be sure but what does that have to do with today? I’ll tell you in my own twisted manner. Finding a place of refuge was a challenge amid a ruckus that naturally comes with ten kids jostling for space under one roof, but my older sister and I managed to find it once in a while in our bedroom. Trouble was, peace wasn’t exactly part of the prize as far as I was concerned.
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Some may recall that just before the February shaker a new book had hit the stands—The Last Days of the Late Great State of California. My sister and my best friend (though I may have to rethink that title after all these years) had a number of hearty belly laughs over my response to their reading aloud from the book while we sought a little “peace and quiet.” They reveled in baiting me with all the potential tragic events the author, whom I’ve long since forgotten, detailed in the fictitious tale of massive earthquakes splintering the California landmass into two, the fissure point being the San Andreas Fault.
As much as the hypothetical destruction scared the pants off of me as they read excerpts during each aftershock, looking back, the idea of the Left Coast plunging beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or at least becoming a separate island, might not seem so horrific.
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