Posted: Aug 23, 2011 12:34 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 5:13 PM
It was the largest seismic event to hit Colorado in 40 years. Video of the magnitude 5.3 quake was captured by surveillance cameras at the Big 4 Country Store in Valdez.
Ray Moltrer owns the business with his brothers. He described it as, "the scariest thing I ever felt in my life."
Just up the road, the quake tossed Charlie and Darlene Gumz out of bed.
"I could see us bouncing up and down off of the bed," Charlie said. "It actually threw her onto me."
The force of the quake knocked over cabinets and shelves, dislocated the fireplace from the house and crumbled brick and plaster on the front porch.
Their home is an old bar that was built in the 1930's. They've spent years remodeling it, but now Darlene fears it won't be safe to stay in.
"It's our home, we've enjoyed it and we've worked on it really hard, put a lot of time and effort into it," she said.
Nearby, in the town of Segundo, the brick façade of an old store owned by Annette Moltrer actually did fall over. Annette and her family had been using the building for storage.
"There's two old, old antique pianos and a lot of good stuff in there that we've put in there to keep," she said.
The latest aftershock measuring a magnitude 3.9 hit the area at 8:11 a.m. There have been reports of people feeling the quake as far away as Colorado Springs. However, the majority of the damage seems to be contained in the towns west of Trinidad.