El Estoque

Preparing for the Worst

Swara Tewari

History teacher, Margaret Platt sat in the driver seat of her car, waiting at an intersection for the light to turn green. Her mind was buzzing with a thousand to-do lists and thoughts. Suddenly, the entire world lurched. Everything shook violently. Then, it was over. Police sirens wailed, exclamations filled the air. Platt gripped her steering wheel hard.

Platt experienced the Coalinga earthquake when she was living in Central California. The Coalinga earthquake had a magnitude of 2.5 on the Richter scale, which was a relatively minor earthquake in comparison to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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