It's really weird because the Hayward fault's been quiet for so long (according to my dad). It's been that way since before accurate measurement devises were thought up, so there's not much of a known pattern for scientists to go on. This could either be a good thing, just letting off some of the tension that's built up, or small preliminaries for a really big one (which is supposed to hit in the sometime in the next 20 years--very soon, by earthquake time).
Eugh, it's just a bit scary. I mean, everyone knows the drills and what to do, but no one can ever be truly prepared, right?
Being in a minor one isn't bad, though. These were a little bigger than usual, so you could feel the whole house shake and there's rumbling (a few things probably fell). I always get the feeling that earthquakes move through space, coming from one side and going out the other.
Oh yeah, my school happens to be smack dab on top of the fault (and the fact that I live in a rickety old warehouse doesn't help, either).
Sorry for the complaining, folks.
(On a brighter note, I now have my traditional christmas icon back!)