My sister and I were talking the other day and we both agreed that the past few weeks it seems like we're in some kind of cosmic firestorm. We're afraid to answer the phone for fear of what bad news it might bring.
On top of all the illness, financial troubles and pestilence we now have to contend with an..............
I am serious!!!
At 4:01 a.m. we were awoken when the house literally moved. My first thought was that something VERY BIG had hit the house. A plane? A truck?
What the heck? Did the furnace explode? Was there an explosion nearby? What could have possibly exploded? We're pretty much in the middle of nowhere, as things go. There's always the possibility that one of the grain elevators could explode and believe me, you don't want to be anywhere near that particular disaster.
It jarred us awake from a deep sleep. I heard our son in the next room ask, "Earthquake????", with the emphasis on the question marks.
"Oh yeah," I answered. "I'm pretty sure. I felt one during the 70's but this was much larger."
My tag line on this blog reads, "Living life 9 miles from anything" and indeed we discover that the quake was centered 9 miles from here in Sycamore, Illinois. Do you hear that Ang?? Sycamore had a stinking earthquake.
Yeah, I'm freaked.
I'll take tornadoes every day of the week over an earthquake. The Farmer and I unwittingly drove INSIDE the edge of a tornado once and for some reason we weren't frightened, we were in awe of the ferocity of the "thunderstorm" we were navigating. I guess as midwesterners we're accustomed to wind and rain of Biblical proportions, but an earthquake? NO!
Did you know that the worst earthquake in North America took place right here in Illinois? New Madrid, Illinois was the site of a tremendous earthquake that rang church bells as far away as Boston. In 1811-1812, southern Illinois experienced a group of earthquake that actually changed the flow of the Mississippi river. The fault under middle America is a very, very dangerous deep fault.
Wikipedia tells me that the great San Francisco quake was moderately felt over an area of 6,000 square miles. The New Madrid quake was moderately felt over an area of ONE MILLION SQUARE MILES.
In 1811 and 1812 the area experienced 2,000 tremors within five months and FIVE of those were magnitude 8.0 earthquakes. It was sparsely populated back then but the pioneers were so unnerved they experienced psychological symptoms and many fled the area. (For reference, the Haitian earthquake was a 7.0. Those pioneers experienced FIVE 8.0's)
NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKES
WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON
Yeah, that big. Did I mention I'm freaked?
It's windy here this morning and every time the wind rattles the windows I get nervous.
The news media reports that our earthquake this morning was a magnitude 4.3.
Did I mentioned I'm freaked?
We had an.........