6.4-Magnitude Earthquake and Swarm of Aftershocks Rattle Southern California – The New York Times

“I almost had a heart attack,” said Nathan Jones, who was making tea in his apartment in Santa Monica when the earthquake struck.

“I’m 73 years old,” he said. “I felt real dizzy, and I kept rocking like this. And I thought, ‘Is this how I’m going to go out?’ I thought I was dying.”

For Starla Hawkins, who was singing on the street in Santa Monica for tips, it was “just like a real small earthquake.” The trees were swaying, she said, but she wasn’t scared.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey shook and the elevators went out, and shortly after, a public address announcement at the hotel told guests there had been an earthquake.

Those on the upper floors felt a powerful jolt.

“I felt like the hotel was going to come crashing down,” said Miguel Forbes, a guest.

Deandra Blakely was restocking food shelves at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Santa Monica when she felt a sway.

“At first I thought I was dizzy,” said Ms. Blakely, a barista.

Then her supervisor ran out and asked if she had felt it. Two other workers at the coffee shop felt nothing.

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