That 6.1 earthquake Oct. 1 also provided a mild jolt to video rentals of Universal's 1974 block-shaker "Earthquake," which wasn't exactly shaking up customers previously, according to several local retailers.
"It's out now," said Monique Leigh of Off the Record Video in Sherman Oaks. "Even the day of the earthquake, somebody rented it that night. It never rented before, to be honest. Maybe twice every six months was the tops."
Alan Forbes Jr., shift manager at Tower Video, Hollywood: "It's never rented before, really, until the earthquake. Within the past few days, we haven't been able to find it in the store. . . ."
"The rental picked up after the earthquake," according to Norbert Alberts, owner of Video Biz in the Willowbrook area. "It's gone out every day."
Other stores reported that requests for "Earthquake" stood still following the real quake. Music Plus (about 50 local stores) and the Wherehouse (more than 100 in Southern California) couldn't help us--they don't carry it.