It was not a scene out of a movie for Nollywood actor, Fred Amata, as his bed shook during Tuesday night’s magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles, United States.
Narrating his experience on Facebook, the popular actor said he was lying half-awake in bed in an undisclosed location in the U.S city when he felt his bed shake.
In an instant, he was wide awake and saw how his bed continued to shake firmly from side to side, as the earthquake subsided and a 2.7 aftershock followed briefly.
“I did not have the faintest clue what was happening. It was over too soon,” he wrote.
Fred said his thoughts raced to the supernatural as he contemplated what could have happened.
As he was wondering whether he had imagined his bed moving a few minutes earlier, his film producer nephew, Jeta, called him to ask how he felt while the earthquake lasted.
It was Jeta who made him realise that he had just experienced an earthquake.
Jeta reportedly relocated to Los Angeles since 2010.
Full text of his narration:
“Life is Beautiful. Last night in Los Angeles, I experienced the first ever earthquake in my life. Reports this morning say it was a 4.4 magnitude on the scale, with a 2.7 aftershock.
“I was lying in bed, at the twilight zone between sleep and wakefulness, when I felt my bed move. I snapped out of limbo, my bed was moving shaking firmly from side to side.
“I did not have the faintest clue what was happening. It was over too soon, every other thought raced through my mind, but the fact that it was an earthquake.
“I could not comprehend (it). What could this be? I wondered. I started suspecting the supernatural.
“Kai! I thought to myself, “dem fit follow me reach here” God no go gree dem.
“I really have never experienced any thing supernatural. Then I began to wonder, did it just happen? Did my bed just move under me…
“if na winch (witchcraft), why na only de bed day move. Which kain winch (witchcraft) be dat?
“Then Jeta called. Fred! He screamed excitement in his tone, “Did you feel it”? Did you feel the earthquake?”
“Chei! Chei!! Chei!!! I started to laugh at myself. Africa man, our first thoughts (are) always (on) juju (sorcery).
“And as I began to let my mind drift to times past and our forefathers and the many misconceptions that have become myth, legends and even rituals practiced fervently, I realised how blissfully dangerous innocence can be.”
The quake was felt in much of Southern California and centered near the Orange City county of Yorba Linda.
It was also felt as far away as Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Additionally, a 4.5 quake was reported near the small town of Parkfield in Central California on Monday evening.