We had a routine of playing basketball at the YMCA on Hadley every Friday night. We had no idea until we got there (three days after the quake) that at least one of walls had been brought down. That building, as were many others, was condemned for a while. Greg Leyva Tucson, Ariz If I’m not mistaken, it was 7:42 a.m. I was a sophomore in high school and had decided to take the day off and relax (right). Seems like, as soon as I turned off my alarm clock, I was awakened by the loudest continuous noise you can hear. I think I got from my bed to the doorway in one leap. As soon as I got there, my brother, who was in the shower, came out and joined me. I believe the shaking only lasted 12 seconds but during the quake, it may have been 12 hours. This was before everybody had cell phones so we couldn’t just call our relatives to check on everyone. We drove from one house in Montebello to another, then to my mother’s house in Whittier. What would normally be a half hour took twice as long. Everything along the way looked like when you would see pictures or video of a war zone. The two things that stand out the most is 1. People sleeping in sleeping bags/tents in their yards right after the quake. 2. The way Uptown Whittier looked following it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!