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Thread #110534 Message #2319816
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
19-Apr-08 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
Subject: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
Mt Carmel Illinois endured an earthquake of 5.2 today. Not a catastrophe, but enough to cause real fear and damage. If I lived there, I would make sure my water heater was fastened down, that's for sure.
The Chicago Sun Times has an article on the net which contains a video showing the shaking. I don't know how long it will be available, but here's the link.
I've never seen anything like that before, but I don't watch TV much.
The shaking was felt as far away as Milwaukee. I don't know how far that is, but it's a considerable distance. 200 miles, 400?
My husband thinks he felt it in Kansas City. He thought the cat jumped on the bed, then realized that the door was closed so the cat couldn't get it.
The weather man and the newspaper make light of the quake, but with bad luck, a 5.2 quake could do real damage - drop a heavy picture on your head, break pipes, or (as in the picture) knock off your porch. It's a good thing that woman wasn't on the porch when it collapsed.
I have never heard a convincing explanation of New Madrid earthquake phenomena. Let's hope the New Madrid monster is just rolling over in its sleep, not waking up.