Saturday, March 16, 2013

The 1991 Sierra Madre Earthquake



This Spanish Colonial Revival home, built in 1927, was damaged in the June 28, 1991, Sierra Madre Earthquake, and was subsequently completely restored.  The 5.8 quake, which made our little town famous for awhile, did a great amount of damage in Sierra Madre and surrounding cities.  I was in an elevator in Pasadena when it struck.  There's an event I hope never to repeat.  Were you in the area during this earthquake?



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    1. It has a bit of the Santa Fe to it...

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  2. Pretty house. I just love that corner entrance.

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    1. I do too. So different, and pretty.

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  3. Can't remember one earthquake from another!!! Great house! Reminds me of one down the street from our home in Glendale!!!

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    1. That one I remember well, since it had the name of my city on it, and I hadn't lived here (in SM, I mean) too very long. What an intro!

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  4. I love this home and look at that lawn. Lush! I was in the UK in '91. You know how I love thatched roofs. I also love those tiles on this one. Great style.

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    1. They always keep the lawn so nicely. Lucky that you happened to miss this one!

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  5. Ha! Me? a windowless room (commercial printing department) on the top floor at Trade Tech downtown LA. The guy in the wheel chair was blocking the exit. I had a lighter which I loaned the instructor while we all huddled under our desks. Completely unprepared.

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    1. Isn't that something? We were completely unprepared, too! I was in a parking structure elevator, with a guy and a pregnant woman. The guy pried to door open, and ran out into the darkness of the parking structure, leaving the pregnant woman and me to fend for ourselves! Chivalry died, that very day...

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  6. That is a gorgeous house! In '91, I'd been back in Hawaii for just under a year following a nice, too-brief Pasadena sojourn. Just reading your elevator tale gave me heebie jeebies, thankfully it ended OK!

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    1. Wow - you have lived everywhere! If I had to leave this area, I think I'd be okay with Hawaii - or any of the other places I know of where you have lived! :)

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  7. I'll bet you helped that pregnant lady find her car.

    I think this is the one where I was in my car, heading north through Hollywood on Highland Avenue, or maybe Vine. I stopped at a light, and all the stopped cars started rocking. My car rocked and rocked, and the cars around me rocked as well. Then the light changed, and we went on. I'll bet the east-west traffic never felt it.

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    1. Well, we helped each other find our way into the office. We were both late!

      Isn't that interesting? I know a lot of times people miss them when they're in the car.

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