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Friday, April 18, 2008

I guess I slept through my first earthquake...

A couple of years ago, Jackie and I were out at her Aunt and Uncle's in California, east of San Francisco (an incredible, incredible place to be). In their guest bathroom, they have a decoration on the wall of an "earthquake handle." The instructions are simple, "Hold until it stops." When I first saw that about 5 years ago, I thought to myself and commented to Jackie that I would like to experience an earthquake just once.

I guess this morning, I would have had a shot... but I was asleep. In fact I didn't even know that anything had happened until my mom emailed me.

But according to THIS article on Fox News, it was felt in the Chicago area:
"A 5.2-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Illinois rattled homes and skyscrapers across the Midwest early Friday, causing little damage but surprising residents unaccustomed to such a powerful temblor."
"The quake — one of the strongest ever recorded in Illinois — occurred just before 4:37 a.m. and was centered six miles southeast of West Salem, Ill., and 45 miles west of Evansville, Ind. Initially pegged as a 5.4 earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey revised its estimate to give it a value of 5.2."
"The quake shook skyscrapers in Chicago's Loop, 230 miles north of the epicenter, and in downtown Indianapolis, about 160 miles northeast of the epicenter."

No damage was reported at the Clark resident in St. Charles.
I guess I had my chance and I'll have to wait for the next one...

Jim

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