5.4 Quake

It struck a few minutes after 5:30 this morning and registered 5.4 on the richter scale. I was asleep when it struck but popped up right away as it felt like the whole house was going to collapse. I looked at the dogs laying next to me and said "I think we just had an earthquake." It wasn't till I woke up an hour or so later that I realized that yes, this did indeed happen. It was the largest quake east of the Rockies since 1968. A look around the house shows no damage. I'll have more later but it's off to work for me.



Update 5:16 PM: We had a pretty big aftershock today, 4.6 on the richter scale, but I didn't feel a thing The US Geological Society has downgraded the quake to a 52. For those in California or other quake prone areas, you're probably laughing at us, but this just doesn't happen too often. It'd be like a big F4 tornado hitting LA or San Fran. We get hit be very severe weather all the time and it tends not to bother us but a tornado in California would freak them out like this did us. Anyways, it was pretty cool but I do wish I had been awake when it hit. It woke me up and I could hear objects vibrating on my dresser as the bed rocked back and forth. My dogs, who had been a bit nervous all night, slept right through it. Too weird.

2 comments:

konagod | April 18, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I was just thinking about you when I read the story and saw Louisville mentioned.

Glad it wasn't too traumatic. Still gives me the heebie-jeebies after living through the Northridge quake in 94 though.

Kelly | April 18, 2008 at 5:12 PM

When I lived in Alaska, we usually had about one a week though most were very minor but every now and then a pretty big jolt would come along. It was pretty good this morning and things really shook in my house. Funny thing was, the dogs were acting real weird all through the night but ended up sleeping right through the whole 30 second quake itself.