Friday, April 18, 2008

that's what woke me up last night!

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter located 7 miles east of West Salem, Illinois.

It sounded like something was happening to my roof (as if a strong wind was trying to lift it). It was enough to get me out of bed to see if something was going on outside.

hat tip: Mitch Harper at Fort Wayne Observed


At April 18, 2008 at 4:42 PM , Blogger William Lang said...

It woke me up too. It felt like a strong jolt, similar to a sonic boom, that hit the apartment building, followed by a gentle but nervous sort of rattling. The shaking was more rapid than I would have expected (this was the first earthquake I've ever knowingly experienced).

Did you feel the aftershock in the late morning? It was weaker, a gentle shaking that felt slower than the first quake. This had an epicenter close to the first quake, with a magnitude of 4.5 (the first quake was 5.2).

At April 18, 2008 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

No, I don't remember feeling the aftershock.

This morning, after the sense of wind lifting the roof, it sounded like someone was throwing something on the roof or at the house. So, I got up at that point and looked around for a cause!


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