We laugh about it now, but at the time you could say I was a bit traumatized. I had trouble sleeping and camped out in the living room while holding on to a statue of The Scared Heart of Jesus, and running scared every time we had an aftershock. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I will never forget the Whittier Narrows Quake on Oct. 1, 1987. I was 15 years old, and on my way out to school with my brothers, when everything began to shake. I never experienced an earthquake before, so I didn’t know what to do. My first thought was to stand under a doorway, except I picked the wrong doorway to stand under. You see, my brother was trying to run outside and I blocked him in. Until this day he reminds me how panicked I was and how he could’ve slapped me to calm me down.