posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 04:33 PM
I have only been in one quake. It was in 1984 when I lived in Monterey Bay. It was a 4.2 centered approximately one mile from the house I was living
in. It sounded identical to what you have described.
I am from Oklahoma and therefore seismic events are not something I have experienced except for that single event. I grew up near an artillery base,
and then later spent my teenage years not far from a limestone quarry. The night the quake went of in Monterey Bay the first thing that went through
my mind was - hmmm, artillery training. Then I remembered I wasn't in my hometown. Then I thought "Hmmm, Dolese's blasting." And then I
realized I wasn't there either.
In the amount of time it took me to realize I wasn't in Oklahoma and this was something entirely different a slow rolling "rumble" came up the hill
from the direction of the ocean (the center was about a 1/2 mile off the coast, and we were about 1/2 mile inland) and slowly rumbled like a big 18
wheeler sounds going across an overpass toward the house...and then the house began to shake as the rumble pass "through us".
The initial quake sounded just like an artillery round, blasting detonation, or sonic boom.