Anymore I do not notice a lot of car alarms - perhaps it is because we live a relatively small community. Back in the 90s, living in San Diego, they were everywhere. In our apartment we usually could tell if the shaking was a truck passing by or an earthquake depending on how many car alarms started going off.
Northridge was a scary earthquake - even down in San Diego. It was not the amplitude, it was how long things kept shaking. The weird thing was that we were at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood the day (or a couple of days) before that quake and I was standing, waiting for our guests to look at various foot and hand prints and I felt a small tremor. No one else noticed it and I was not certain at the time, but then Northridge happened.
When it comes to havoc, no one wreaks like me! - Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
I will never be good and that's not bad. - Ban-Anon