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Posted: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Editor’s note: We asked our newspaper, website and Facebook readers to tell us about their experiences on Jan. 17, 1994. Here’s what they said.

Tisha Klingensmith: I’ll never forget it or that date. It was my 13 birthday and I was having a sleep over with my friends. Terrifying. I still hate the sound of wind rattling glass windows, makes me tense up still, 20 years later!

Heather L. Jones: I was living in Burbank, my dad woke my sister and I up, freaking out more than us, and my whole family basically stayed out in the living room for the rest of the night in case of aftershocks. Next day at school, we all spent the day outside, and I was able to seriously feel the earth grinding beneath me. I’ve been fascinated by them ever since.

Emily Alexiadis: Sleeping over at a friend’s house in Lancaster and still felt it very strong there.

Wendy Huber Snavley: Ill never forget it. Everything was crashing around us.

Catt Lorann Stine: I was 6 years old, living in Littlerock... holding the door frame with my mama! I will never forget those shakes, even when we were a ways away.

Cari Pirtle Holdorf: I was living in Agua Dulce. It was very scary! I hope I never have to hear that noise or feel that blast again!

Katy Doyle: I was at Pismo beach with my parents. We were camping in our travel trailer and it shook so badly.

Maria Truchinski: I was living on the second story of an apartment building in Canyon Country. Felt like I was in a dollhouse being shaken by a kid. Definitely the scariest earthquake I’d experienced. Everything glass in the dishwasher was broken and everything that was hanging in my closet was on the floor.

Jeff Bosch: I was picking broken glass and my entertainment center off the floor!

Burke Pinto: Bouncing around on my upstairs bed in Saugus wondering how I was gonna find my shoes when the house became a single story!

Kami Rawlings Ramsgate: Living on Balboa Island, we felt it pretty good, even in Orange County. Frantically trying to get ahold of many relatives in Valencia, took a few days until we confirmed everyone was ok.

Erykah Groff: My late grandparents lived on the 2nd floor of the Northridge Meadow Apartments that collapsed. Thankfully They survived. All those memories of going through that will forever be ingrained in my memories.

Jennifer John: I was 14 years old and I remember it vividly. I was woken up by the quake and I remember the news and all of the gas rationing going on. The traffic on the 14 freeway was unbelievable because the interchange had collapsed.

Rebecca Rousey On the second floor of a hotel in Palmdale, felt it real good. A lady in the next room ran out of the hotel naked and screaming. The only thing to laugh about that day.



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