Mrs Kildane, Arthur's mother, was a seasoned survivor of earthquakes. She experienced her first as a child living in the San Fernando area in 1961. She was ready for this one. The first tremor drove her outside and away from the five story building she and her husband of 40 years were living in. She made sure to not use the elevator. Good thing too, she could hear people trapped somewhere near the third floor. Holding her "Important Box" she hit Sixth Street just as the second and much larger tremor hit the Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco. The shock knocked her off her feet cracking her left hip. Her husband was still out somewhere running errands.