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I just love it when I get woke up in the middle of the night.

This time the good ol' New Madrid Fault has decided to wake up and say, "look at what I can do".

I'm not sure yet how strong it was, but I would guess 4.3-4.7 or so. It was a good shake, rattle and roll.

So, anyway. There was an earthquake and it shook me awake. Now, do I go back to sleep for two hours?


Wow... 5.4 preliminary.

We had thunder and lightening from it. And it wasn't the New Madrid fault. It was the Wabash fault up in Illinois. Strange. West Salem, Illinois for the epicenter. 160 miles or so away.


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Apr. 18th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)

You live in a dangerous area, my dear! Seriously, thunderstorms, flooding, tornados, and now earthquakes!

*hugs you tightly* I'm glad that you are okay!!
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah.... we even had the remnants of couple of the hurricanes come through when they were still around tropical depression status.

In theory, we could have fires here too, but I've never heard of one getting that out of hand. Although my uncle did have two field fires last fall... hmm....

Although, the earthquakes don't bother me like high winds / tornados do. They actually kind of excite me. I almost did my major in geology with an emphasis on seismology. Of course that might change if I was in a big one.

I would have preferred not to be woken up though. The two strongest earthquakes I remember feeling (this one and one when I was in 8th grade) I was in bed for them. At least this time I didn't have a cat sleeping on my chest that dug its claws in when the bed started shaking.

We've also had a few good sonic booms from seismic activity. Those can rattle things just as much as a regular earthquake and they come packed with a really big boom.
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Cool! 5.4 isn't that big, but it's respectable when you're not used to them. Although the thunder and lightening were not related, :-).

ETA - did you go to the USGS Did You Feel It map? here

Edited at 2008-04-18 10:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 18th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Ended up being a 5.2. And I went there before I went back to bed. :-)

Had my earthquake monitor up on the computer waiting for it to show up.

The 'thunder' was actually more like a sonic boom that came with the earthquake. We go in waves in this area having sonic booms that are smallish earthquakes. We had one sonic boom about three years ago that scared me half to death. I was just sitting at my desk in my room and then there was this extremely loud BOOM followed by a few seconds of everything shaking. Me and several in the apartments around me all went outside expecting to see a car that backfired or something, but there wasn't.

The lightning, I didn't see any, but the local station weather guy said he did and couldn't figure it out because there was nothing on the radar. So don't know about that one.
Apr. 19th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Oooh, sonic boom! That's way cooler than thunder.
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
As long as you're okay that's all that matters but damn if you don't have a lot of dangerous natural occurrences around you. ;)
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Huh, I felt it too (I live in Indiana). All the dresser drawer handles started rattling and I just lay there thinking, "seriously, is this an EARTHQUAKE?"

How very weird.

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