Shaken Families Return With Scary Quake Story, Pics

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Carl Friedemann

    A group of four Rancho Peñasquitos families returned home Monday night after Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake interfered with their spring break plans.

    Carl Friedemann, the owner of the home where the families were staying, was at a nearby cantina getting supplies when the ground began shaking.


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    "It was like the second coming," Friedemann said. "It was pandemonium."

    The group's vacation home south of San Felipe is located in a rural farm area, about 40 feet from the Rio Hardy -- the same river they witnessed another home falling into. Large cracks in the earth appeared just steps from the front door of the home, and water began bubbling up in geysers .

    One member of the group who didn't have four-wheel drive on their vehicle became stuck in mud so tenacious that the bumper ended up being ripped off the car in an attempt to free it.

    Although they arrived home a little shaken, all 18 of them plan on hosting a belated Easter egg hunt and dinner on Tuesday night.