Friday, April 18, 2008

Hot Diggity - earthquake in the midwest!

This morning started out with unexpected excitement. Normally, I don't make it a habit to get up at 5:30 am but needed check on some system maintenance. I'm sitting on my couch, logging into Oncourse with both eyes barely open and I start to feel this tremor. I live in an older apartment building and the first thought that crosses my mind is "seriously! is this place going to collapse and good thing I'm on the top floor - I'll be at the top of the rubble." Guess what? I don't want to die!

The intensity increases . . . . my blinds are starting to swing, the wine glasses begin clicking and suddenly the whole building is shaking! By this point I'm onto the fact that it might be an earthquake but am still in disbelief that it's *really* an earthquake. Come on' I'm in Indiana! Eventually I shuffle over to a doorway. The shaking didn't last much long, but I could feel tremors I felt for a few minutes after. When it's all over, I'm still wondering if it really happened or if I just dreamed it.

Rest assured, I'm safe and don't see any damage :) For inquiring minds, Sakaiger and Sakaigress are safe but still reeling from their first earthquake experience :)

The USGS has got the 411 on this most unusual occurrence -


caseyd said...

hey congrats!

they are very disorienting aren't they - that seemingly longish part where you are saying to yourself "huh, what exactly is going on?"

perhaps it was just this letting off some steam? ( as a californian, let me assure you that little ones are better than big ones :) )

Michael K said...

A 5.2! That's pretty good. I remember when I moved to California from Ohio for college in 1984 there was an earthquake in Ohio before I experienced one in CA. I've since more than caught up though...