Well now. THAT was an interesting way to start the day.
We were lying in bed this morning , around 5:40, and a very loud motorcycle went rumbling by, and then it was gone. But the rumbling didn't stop and the rattling continued. The bed was shaking, and it lasted for about ten seconds. The vase on the shelf by my side of the bed jingled quietly for about half a minute more and the door by Romie's side of the bed did the same.
Romie said, "Did you feel that?" I sure did. We discussed whether or not it could be an earthquake, because they aren't uncommon here, but are seldom felt. The last time I remember feeling one was in the early '80s, when Kara was a toddler. That one was centered near Cincinnati.
Reports are that this earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale and was centered seven miles east of West Salem, Illinois. That's southwest of Vincennes, Indiana. (Did you feel it, Lisa?) This earthquake was along the New Madrid fault zone, and there are an average of two earthquakes a year involved with this line, most of which are not felt. An earthquake of this magnitude usually doesn't do much damage, but it can easily be felt. We're 251 miles from the epicenter and we certainly felt it!