Well, it’s been a busy week…I really have needed to blog, however, I’ve been busy catching up with clients and of course, working my intern to death.
I woke up this morning around 4:15a.m. thinking of details of an upcoming event, no less. *sigh* As I start to lull back to sleep my eyes fling open at 4:35…..the bed was shaking. EARTHQUAKE! It lasted about 30 seconds and registered a 5.2 and the epicenter was about 50 miles from us.
It had a nice roll to it instead of a jolting feeling (which really does a lot of damage). When I moved to the Midwest from Los Angeles, I thought at least I won’t be having any earthquakes, tornadoes, yes, but no earthquakes.
Apparently the New Madrid Fault Line runs through the Midwest and is quite large. I looked up on Wikipedia this information (which was updated within the last few hours to include this morning’s earthquake, talk about automation!)
The probability of magnitude 6.0 or greater in the near future is considered significant; a 90% chance of such an earthquake by 2040 has been given. In the June 23, 2005, issue of the journal “Nature”, the odds of another 8.0 event within 50 years were estimated to be between 7 and 10 percent. An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 was reported on April 18, 2008 at 5:37 AM EST with an epicenter located in eastern Southern Illinois, near the border with Indiana at the northern periphery of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
There has been some minor damages around town. We’ll see how it shakes out today (hehe, shakes out…get it….). Really, I blame my niece. She brought the quake with her from California. And I believe I’m going to change my lunch appointment to a restaurant that is on the first level (instead of the 5th floor of an old building).