Shake & Bake in Los Angeles, CA! No it is not a recipe...

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

Shake and Bake, OK it is not a recipe from the Gourmet Realtor in Los Angeles…rather it is about another earthquake in Los Angeles!!!

Last night, we were having dinner at home and low and behold there was a Shaker… It got the attention not only of me and Diane, but two out of the four of our animals. The time was around 7:58 pm, in case you are wondering, this is usually when we are in the beginning or middle of our evening meal, depending on how the animal feeding goes.

This was a good one, ten miles from our home in Carson, CA the Google App reported that it was a 4.7 shaker. I said to Diane, don’t worry, they usually downgrade it after a few hours. Sure, enough it was downgraded to a 4.5 shaker.

Gratefully we were far enough away that all it did was make my  CD player shake and skip and scratch one of my CD’s.

We continued enjoying our meal and I reminded her of the day we arrived in Los Angeles there was a 3.2 and it got her attention… now here we are a 4.5 far enough away just makes us want to focus on getting our Earthquake Kit updated.

Just to be clear not only did we not update it, but I also even failed to blog about it last night. Clearly, we are getting complacent. Here in Los Angeles, those of us who have been here a while always consider October as “Shake & Bake October” the temperatures rise and so do the frequency of earthquakes. Now with that said I was wondering it was only September 17th, 2021…Hmmm…. what does this mean?

Now with that said here are seven steps that might be beneficial when the next earthquake  occurs:

As far as I am concerned number TWO is the most important one. Here is the link if you do not want to read the rest



As you can imagine there are other things we focus on, because that is how life is. For example, today I spilled a glass of Bordeaux while I was cooking,  and we had  a bigger focus not only on the cleanup but on the inconvenience. Now gratefully  yesterday nothing happened. So, putting things in perspective we were worked up about the small problem and ignored the bigger problem: Spending time to update our emergency evacuation plan.


I am confident we were not the only ones in Los Angeles that had misplaced priorities. Yes, hopefully there is always tomorrow.

Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) or visit one of my websites at I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath,Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708


Comments (19)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good evening Endre,  after being born and raised in So Cal I know how unsettling an earthquake can be.  When the very ground you look to for stability is rolling it is a very surreal feeling.  And not a pleasent on.  Glad all is well.  Mark

Sep 18, 2021 11:54 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Endre.

I've only experienced one, it was about 70 miles away and it was nothing to write about.  I can't imagine have one that large and so close.  

Sep 19, 2021 12:47 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Earthquakes are so random. At least with Tornadoes you have a good idea somethings coming. Earthquakes happen out of the blue. Good Weather Bad Weather They just happen. I was born and raised in Kansas It took a little getting used to the Earthquakes and the Volcanoes in Alaska. I am glad you and yours are fine!

Sep 19, 2021 01:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Endre - I don't recall the "shake-and-bake" reference to October but I do know that the weather in any month in SoCal can lead to all kinds of conversation.  It might not have been a "big one" the other night but it was definitely noticeable and you're right proper preparation for any sort of emergency is important.  Such events serve as reminders - will enough take notice?  

Sep 19, 2021 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Endre... glad to hear all is well at your end, on the whole. I remember the first time I felt the earth shake after I moved to San Francisco in 1974. I was living on the 14th floor... a very odd feeling and certainly not something I'd ever experienced in New York City or Washington, DC. It took a lot of willpower not to make the first reservation on a plan to return to NYC.

Sep 19, 2021 05:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever experienced an earthquake.  At what level does it cause serious damage where it occurs?  Will 3.2 cause serious damage?

Sep 19, 2021 06:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. What you now take for granted would have shook me up and had me concerned. Update your earthquake kit! Enjoy your day with no shaking.

Sep 19, 2021 06:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Update that earthquake kit! You never know when you will regret not doing so.

And in the interim, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!


Sep 19, 2021 06:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We had one of these sometimes last year...And it is true we are very blasé about it.  We have live through a couple of big ones, and we move on.  A

Sep 19, 2021 07:05 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Endre, Born in California and lived here my entire life ... looong time 😮 I do not think about earthquakes at all.  When they happen, I most always feel the shake, rattle, and/or roll.  

There is no way to prepare for the BIG ONE.  

Sep 19, 2021 09:53 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Endre that is a bit of a wake up and get prepared, once again warning.  I'll take a look at what's needed in your link.  I have no idea as we don't have them here in AZ.  Way back in 89 (I think) 2 folks walked into an open house I was holding up in Flagstaff. They wanted out of San Fransico.  That earthquake scared the hell out of them and they almost didn't make it out.  They became life long friends and clients. So good things can come out of an earthquake....people do have a tendency to go on and on about the small things....but most of it isnt important, is it.

Sep 19, 2021 12:29 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

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Sep 19, 2021 12:31 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Endre Barath, Jr., when visiting my son in Las Vegas, there was a 7.0 earthquake and we were dining at one of the restaurants on the strip. It was pretty scary for me. I don't think any of us can be totally prepared for these types of disasters.

Sep 19, 2021 02:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint  all is well this one was not a roller but it followed  with a roller... got our attention:)Endre

Sep 19, 2021 03:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James Dray  I remember one like that in the middle of the night. We just moved here from Boston, MA and I learned quickly not to have Plants Hanging in the Apartment we lived in:)) the building was moving like a wave and so was the hanging plant:))Endre

Sep 19, 2021 03:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debra Leisek  yes the Volcanoes are fun too:)) I remember I was in Italy when Vesuvius was acting up:))Endre

Sep 19, 2021 03:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Endre- I've never experienced an earthquake however I've been through too many hurricanes to count. Update that it of yours!!!!! Please!!!

Sep 19, 2021 05:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Jacobs  must be a Hollywood, West Hollywood, and West LA thing.... I had so many conversations with people over the past 24 years and the also referenced it as ROCKTOBER:)Endre

Sep 19, 2021 09:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  funny you should mention San Francisco... we had visitors from Ireland about five or six years ago and we went to San Francisco... stayed at a great hotel and yes it was a high rise and yes we had a shaker:)) the good news is the buildings are now on rollers:)) so we rolled back and forth... my friend understood the concept and what it felt like:))Endre

Sep 19, 2021 09:32 PM