Today I experienced my first (and hopefully last ever) earthquake. At first it was confusing and then became utterly terrifying. My house was shaking so badly I thought it would collapse. I ran outside as fast as I could and left the cat to fend for herself.
I'm not sure what's proper emergency protocol for earthquakes, but many of my neighbors came out of their buildings as well. There was an older gentleman standing on the sidewalk across the street when I came out and I shouted over to him, "What was that?!"
He said, "I reckon it was an earthquake."