Former Columbus Resident Lives Through California Earthquake

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Former Columbus resident and OSU alum Bridget Gregory moved to Northern California right after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

Through the years Gregory has experienced a lot of quakes, but the one that shook the Bay area early Sunday morning was the most violent.

"It was like a freight train coming through your home," said Gregory. "The shaking became violent. The house was shaking to the point where things were creaking. You could hear the beams."

The 6.0 magnitude temblor jolted Northern California residents out of bed including journalist Bryan Goebel, a friend of 10TV reporter Chris LaGrand, who lives in the heart of San Francisco.

"I've lived in California my whole life and this is the strongest earthquake I've ever felt," said Goebel. "It scared me and I was frightened."

Local and state officials are still assessing the damage as multiple aftershocks continue to rattle nerves. The quake caused six major fires including one that destroyed several mobile homes.

The earthquake left two adults and a child critically injured. It also sent dozens of other people to the hospital, mostly with bumps and bruises.

Seismologist Michael Hansen from the Ohio Seismic Network in Delaware said there's a low probability Ohio could experience a similar quake because of the flat terrain.

"The potential is there perhaps to experience a larger earthquake, but it may be hundreds or thousands of years in the future if at all," said Hansen.

Gregory and Goebel said today's earthquake is another reminder of the importance of being prepared in case the big one hits.

"It was devastating to a lot of people here," said Gregory. "People lost property, homes went up in flames. It was very significant."

"A lot of us are taking stock this morning of our supplies," said Goebel. "And I think this is just another important reminder that we have to be prepared as we are always asking ourselves is this the one."

Gregory did have a number of items come off bookshelves and art work came off the walls, but there was no structural damage to her home.  She said the big thing residents are worried about now are the aftershocks which typically can last a few days.