Earthquake!

Lights dancing in an earthquakeBy now, you’ve probably already heard about the 5.2 earthquake that hit the Midwest early this morning.  Even though we’re 100 miles away from the epicenter, rattling windows woke both me and Maggie.  Since I grew up in hurricane and tornado country, wind was my first thought.  It was calm outside, though, and the birds were singing, so we just went back to sleep.

I also experienced the aftershock around 11:15.  By the time it got here, it wasn’t strong enough to even rattle the windows, so it mostly manifested itself as a vague sense of unease.  I probably would have totally ignored it except that Nathan next door felt it as well.  It makes me wonder what else we’re aware of subconsciously that percolates up into our consciousness as vague feelings.

In an odd coincidence, Maggie and I were just discussing earthquake insurance last night.  Until that point, I hadn’t even known that we were along a fault line.  Luckily, the big one is still quiescent, although that might mean there’s bigger earthquakes to come…

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    Student Doctor Green said,

    April 19, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    Glad you guys are ok. I was so locked up studying today I hadn’t even heard about the earthquake. I did hear that King Corn on PBS was awesome. I’m bummed I missed it.

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    Linnea said,

    April 19, 2008 @ 5:04 am

    I’m sure you have Indiana-related earthquake guides, but here’s the one King County puts out. You can probably ignore the stuff about tsunamis..

    http://www.metrokc.gov/prepare/preparerespond/hazardsdisasters/earthquakes.aspx

    My geology professor told us always to keep a raggedy pair of sneakers next to your bed in case the power goes out and there’s broken glass.

    As far as your (new?) house goes, you can be reasonably sure of its stability since it’s probably been through its fair share in the last 100 years and hasn’t been razed. That’s what helps me sleep at night: my building’s about 100 years old and, since it used to be a luxury hotel, was upgraded every 5 years or so. Then again, if Mount Rainier decides to go…

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    Angel said,

    April 20, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    I can remember learning about the New Madrid Earthquakes of the 1800’s in my geology class. I think they were 7’s or 8’s. . . That fault is a little south of the one that caused the tremor yesterday. In either case, it’s amazing how much farther the shock waves can travel because of the different soil composition in the midwest as compared to the west. There are reports that the New Madrid quakes were felt all the way on the east coast.

    I’m glad you guys are ok with no ill effects.

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