Friday, April 18, 2008

It's SHAKING!

Sitting here at my desk this morning after 4:30 I felt shaking and a little rolling of our house. My chair and desk were shaking,paper in the printer was vibrating...WHEW!!! I live in a mobile home presently and from one end to the other we have an elevation. Stacked concrete blocks were placed under the axells to level the structure. The first thought was that the increased ground moisture had made the blocks settle further into the ground under the weight of the building. Then the report came over the early morning local news that the USGS had reported a 5.4 earthquake at West Salem,IL. located on the New Madrid Fault line. My research on the USGS website revealed the exact locations that experienced the tumbler directly. SELECT EARTHQUAKE LOCATION DATE TIME MAGNITUDE 22 miles SSE of Olney, Illinois (ID hwb0418a) APR 18 2008 04:36:59 CDT 5.4 21 miles SW of Vincennes, Indiana (ID 2008qza6) APR 18 2008 04:36:58 CDT 5.2 19 miles SSE of Olney, Illinois (ID 851141) APR 18 2008 04:36:57 CDT 5.4 Hey Folks ! How many of you felt the earth move this morning???

11 comments:

Kristine said...

I'm sorry but this is just wrong. We do not have earthquakes in the Midwest. I live in Michigan and I can deal with a blizzard or an occasional severe storm. I am not up for an earthquake though! I just want to make that clear.

I hope you and all your stuff came through the tremor all right.

CDGardens said...

kristine- A local radio personality, south of us 45miles, said it only lasted 5 seconds in our location.

Nope, no damage we weren't close enough for that.

But it sure does make you wonder about the future. They keep forecasting a big earthquake along that line, like they had back in the 1880's.

Sure glad you don't have earthquakes in Michigan.;)

The Hunter's Wife said...

I felt it for close to a minute. Woke me from sleep. The bed was shaking back and forth and I heard rumbling I thought was thunder. I am way north in Indiana just south of Lake Michigan.

Crazy!!!

CDGardens said...

Updates to the earthquake report by the USGS has lowered the measurement from 5.4 to 5.2 on the richter scale. I said the New Madrid Fault experienced a bigger quake in the 1880's - which should have been in 1811 and 1812 consecutively.

CDGardens said...

the hunter's wife - Now. I was thinking that myself, close to a minute for feeling the vibration,shake
and roll like a bump in the road.

Sorry you got woke up out of a sound sleep...That usually makes things a little harder to discern what is going on.

Glad to hear you are okay over your way now that it has past.

SimplyOutdoors said...

Some of the folks up in my area said they felt it, but I was sleeping. I hear, nor feel anything when I'm doing that.

Not something that happens around here often though. Pretty interesting.

CDGardens said...

simplyoutdoors - I for one am glad we don't experience earthquakes on a regular basis.

This past week they have been listening to what has been termed "earthquake swarms" off Oregon's coast. They haven't been able to discern if there is any imminent danger expected from the activity.

Looking at the inter-national map over at the USGS there seems to be alot of small rumbles happening.

Given our locations near the fault it is fair to assume we will see some activity. Now and later.

Blessed said...

We didn't feel it but I heard some people from the neighborhood claiming that they felt it...

Windyridge said...

We had an earthquake here in Upstate NY a few years ago. Small but noticeable.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Glad your home is intact...imagine that was pretty scary to go through...We never know do we...

CDGardens said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Events like this make you think about the future -"the what would you do in case of" kind of thoughts.
Certainly would depend how how close and what time of day it happened, as we saw in this situation. ;)