Friday, April 18, 2008

Did You Feel The Earth Shake?

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My wife and I were both awakened around 5:30 AM ET Friday morning by what we both thought felt like an earthquake. Of course, we live in Indiana, where an earthquake is really just the tremors that we feel from earthquakes elsewhere. It has happened to us once before, so we while we were both a little surprised by the event, we weren't totally strangers to what it might have been.

I did some checking with the US Geological Survey and found that an earthquake had been reported at that time -- a 5.4 magnatude earthquake -- approximately 19 miles from Olney, Illinois (178 miles from our house). Numerous reports have been coming in to the USGS -- some as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio -- since the event. Did you feel it? REPORT IT HERE.

Thankfully for us, there was no damage to be reported, as far as I know. So far, reports of the event in the news are very limited.

UPDATE: The USGS has reported a 4.5 magnitude aftershock centered in approximately the same area at 11:14 AM ET. No notice of the aftershock here, but my wife, who was only a few miles away, felt the mild tremors.


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