Pearls of Winsome
Published by Dusty Yevsky at Smashwords
Copyright Dusty Yevsky 2011
In the early morning hours of July 21, 1952, a sudden shift of the earth’s crust along the little known White Wolf fault triggered the 7.5 Richter Scale Kern County Earthquake. Killing 12 people, the largest trembler to strike Southern California since 1872 was centered approximately 80 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Causing widespread damage throughout the region, the catastrophic shaking could be felt as far away as Reno. On a construction project in Las Vegas structural steel was realigned.
Throughout my life, vivid memories of that significant seismic event remain etched in my psyche. What is peculiar about my experience of the Kern County Earthquake is that the incident took place on my fourth day of life. Yes, you read that correctly. I was four days old. Maybe three and some hours, I’m not exactly sure. Anyway, some (including my own children) question the veracity of my claim as witness, but I vividly remember the low rumbling sound of a train approaching, the violent shaking of the earth, the power failure and shattering mirrors that fell from the walls, and the nurses at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood rushing in to check on the fragile state of my newly sprouted bud of a life, as well as that of the other delicate seedlings situated in nearby cribs. One of the lucky ones, I survived the incident relatively unscathed and joined the rest of my clan at our family home in nearby Baldwin Hills the following afternoon shortly after teatime, if I’m not mistaken. And the rest, as they say, whoever they are, is history.