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Another Earthquake

So WBBM 780 informs me that the shaking that woke me up at 4:00 this morning wasn't my Chinese neighbors boogieing down for an early New Year's party, nor yet Godzilla stomping through Hyde Park. It was, in fact, another earthquake. This one was only a 4.3, as opposed to the 5.2 we got back in 2008, and it didn't echo nearly as far.

Oh, yawn. Ho-hum. Another earthquake . . .


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Feb. 10th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yawn? Ho hum? Glad it only "shook you up"!

In the meantime here, we have life threatening blizzard conditions here. Ho hum.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Well, we've now had two earthquakes in two years. This is getting quite routine!
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I heard about that from Meckinock. I'll have to see if my son felt it.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I bet he did. This one's epicenter was about 40 miles outside the city.
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yup, felt it up here in Mad-town. I was actually awake enough this time to recognize it for what it was, this time. It felt like a train was coming down the tracks behind my house, with the way the house shifted. But then there was no train.

It was considerate of it to happen right at the top of the hour, wasn't it? What a nice, prompt earthquake.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I recall that the previous one struck at about 4:30, also a nice round number.

To me, this didn't last long enough for "freight train." It was definitely more "Godzilla stomp."
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, a 4 to 5 tends to do that. when I lived in Chile we used to live in an 18th floor department. Short after moving I remember waking up in the middle of the night wondering who was dragging the couch around the living room. Immediately after i fell asleep again. Truth is, we still did not have a couch... it was the groaning of a 4.7 quake! :-)
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Being woken up out of a sound sleep by an earthquake does do weird things to the mind. Like making you wonder who might be dragging a nonexistent couch, apparently.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
I wonder where I was for the 2008 earthquake?

Edit: OK, googled it. I remember now - that one was clear down in southern Illinois off the New Madrid. I think I slept through it.

This one definitely got everyone's attention at my house

Edited at 2010-02-11 01:27 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I remember that when I posted about the 2008 quake, you replied saying you'd slept through it. Maybe this one got your attention more because it was closer?
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I suppose. There was no doubt about this one at all. I came out of a sound sleep hearing the pictures and loose objects rattling, and feeling the rumbling underneath. I had two dogs and a cat on the bed with me, and by the time I opened my eyes, they were already at Full Red Alert. The only thing I didn't know was whether it was a little one nearby or whether the whole danged New Madrid had just busted loose.
Feb. 11th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
It was a little one nearby. During the day, the USGS downgraded it from 4.3 to 3.8, but that was still enough to shake people up.

I e-mailed my parents about it, and Dad Pony was impressed. He said that in the seventeen years that he was growing up in Chicago, there had never been a single earthquake. And now I get two in two years!
Feb. 11th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad you can be cavalier about it. Let's hope there's not a threepeat next year.
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Well, so far, there's no reason not to be cavalier. Neither of our earthquakes has really been big enough to hurt anyone.
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