We’re OK… really! (Earthquake)
A friend emailed MrsDoF from Florida (land of mammoth hurricanes) to see if we were OK. Central Illinois had an Earthquake a few hours ago – a 5.4. That’s enough to rattle windows, wake a few people up but most buildings are up to the challenge. The quake was felt as far away as Wisconsin and Ohio. But I must have been snoozing because I didn’t know about it. Lucas is down in Urbana, a little closer to the epicenter; maybe he’ll give us a report.
Our region has had one real smack-down of a quake, though, in 1812. (Actually two big quakes followed by one staggeringly enormous one) Estimated at an 8.0 on the Richter scale, it cracked sidewalks in Washington, DC and rang church bells in Boston. Around here it changed the course of the Mississippi and even toppled resilient buildings like log cabins.
I can’t remember exactly how the Richter scale works and right now instead of geeking out over it I have to rush off to work. But the New Madrid quake of 1812 was several thousand times as powerful as today’s quake. If the same quake happened today…
Anyone notice the quake? Or been through another quake? Tell us about it!
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