OK, this morning there was an earthquake in south-eastern Illinois. I was awake as usual, and felt it. It shook my home enough to make some stuff rattle, and swing. Reports have it being felt all over the midwest, and I just saw on the news some building damage in Louisville.
Friend of mine felt it in Cincinnati. I didn’t feel it. I was up too. I’ve been up for a long damn time right now. Haven’t had much sleep lately. Well, I’ve had my dealings with earthquakes before. In 1986, not long after the Challenger explosion, I was at a McDonald’s in Cleveland with my mom and dad, and I remember thinking the shaking was caused by a low-flying plane flying out of Hopkins International.
Didn’t know about the earthquake til I got back home with my mom that night. Was a WEEEEIRD feeling to feel the ground shake.
When the people living in and near the town of New Madrid in what is now southeastern Missouri went to bed on the night of December 15, 1811, they had no way of knowing that during the pre-dawn hours of the following morning they would be jarred from their peaceful slumber by shock waves that rippled through the earth with such force that buildings collapsed, trees toppled, and the Mississippi River changed course. The explosive force that shattered the stillness of that serene setting was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in North America. During the next two months, the area would be rocked by three more quakes as powerful as the first (one just six hours after the first) and hundreds of smaller ones. The larger quakes shook the earth with enough force to cause church bells to ring in Washington, D.C. They were felt in Indiana and were even felt a thousand miles away in New Hampshire.
Yes Vickie, but the idea is the same, this one didn’t ring bells in DC, and wasn’t felt in New Hampshire, but the same principles govern the earthquake. Midwest earthquakes are felt over tremendous distances.
Vickie, you said something woke you up, you are closer than Huntsville, and about the same distance as Atlanta. If something could wake you up, why couldn’t someone there actually feel it.
Hmm…to play Devil’s Advocate, I’d like to point out that in the united states, there have been 23 other earthquakes of a 5.0 to 5.9 magnitude scale within the year 2008, and I’m fairly positive this is the first earthquake I’ve felt, so it could be that this one was just wider than normal, as an earthquake happening one state away at 5.0-5.9 can barely be felt, while two states away it could be virtually absent to feeling any sort of tremor. I say one and two states away as in the average size of a state, just for clarification.
I could be wrong. This is where I got my information about the 23 other earthquakes in the US with a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.9.