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Old 04-18-2008, 07:31 PM   #21
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There was just a 4.5 aftershock about 10 minutes ago. Some people in the office were freaking out, but it really wasn't more than a slight rumble.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:55 PM   #22
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I was reclined in my recliner this morning at 5:39 am checking my work email on my laptop. With my laptop open, I couldn't see what shelter kitty was doing at my feet. I thought she must be scratching or grooming because my chair was shaking. I was a bit surprised when I looked around my screen to see what she was up to and she was fast asleep. The shaking kept up for "awhile" and it became clear we were having an earthquake. I didn't see anything on the news right away so I called the local sheriff and confirmed there had just been an earthquake.

Located in NW Ohio, I am about 500 miles from the epicenter. Supposedly the earthquake was at 5:37 am so it took approximately 2 minutes to reach me. Interesting.

The last earthquake I experienced was the one in San Francisco during the World Series when I was living in Sacramento.

One of the news stations had a reporter who also thought her cat was the one doing the shaking until she realized the cat wasn't on her bed. I know the exact time because I purposely looked up at the time on the cable box to mark the time.
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Didn't feel a thing but after watching all the news reports this morning my ten year old daughter recited her experience during the quake. Coincidentally it was the exact same experience the person they just interviewed on the news had.
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Near beautiful Dayton, OH. I woke up, but didn't know why. I only found out later about the quake. Everyone else in the house snoozed through it.
I was raised in SoCal, I'm surprised I didn't scoot to the nearest doorframe this morning in a semi-conscious state just out of habit.
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Didn't feel a thing but after watching all the news reports this morning my ten year old daughter recited her experience during the quake. Coincidentally it was the exact same experience the person they just interviewed on the news had.
Didn't feel the quake here in SE Michigan, but all three dogs stirred a bit before falling back asleep.

Your experience with your daughter reminded me of an episode with my then 4 year old daughter. I went to pick her up at her pre-school and was met by the head teacher who expressed her sympathy at my recent house fire and told me that the school was organizing a clothing drive for my family along with a fund raising dinner to be held the following weekend.

I was dumbstruck and didn't have a clue what she was talking about until I figured out that my daughter (who rarely if ever saw the nightly news) had seen a news story about a house fire on the TV the previous night and then relayed to her classmates that "there was a fire in our house last night." Well, yes, but it WAS only on the television!

She's 25 now and we still laugh about the "fire in our house". (Sorry for the hijack...back to the topic at hand -- the earthquake.....)
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In Arizona, we joke that after the next big one, we will have ocean views. I guess that the same is going to be true of Ohio.
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Newscasters going wild here at the Iowa-Illinois border over the earthquake. Biggest amount of excitement here in years (if you get my drift..zzzz).
NOW I realize what all that noise was in my semi-conscious state..the earthquake. Who woulda thunk one would hit Podunkville in the Midwest.
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Was awake in bed about 4:30am in the Chicago 'burbs and the house started creaking. Lasted for about 15 - 20 seconds. Knew it was an earthquake 'cuz I was living in the Philippines in '69 (plus/minus 1) and a 7.3 hit about 3 in the A.M. and I woke up with my bed sliding around on a hardwood floor with a few bucks in between for what seemed forever. Next morning, on the news was that an apartment building in Chinatown in Manila had collapsed like a pancake, killing a lot of people. Never forgot that one.
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I did wake up at that time.
Thinking more about this: I recall thinking it was raining and being briefly confused because there was no possibility of rain in the forecast.
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One guy at work thought it must really be windy outside (which is typical around here on any given day) because the house was making a little noise. He was puzzeled when he got up and saw it was basically still out.
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Was awake in bed about 4:30am in the Chicago 'burbs and the house started creaking. Lasted for about 15 - 20 seconds. Knew it was an earthquake 'cuz I was living in the Philippines in '69 (plus/minus 1) and a 7.3 hit about 3 in the A.M. and I woke up with my bed sliding around on a hardwood floor with a few bucks in between for what seemed forever. Next morning, on the news was that an apartment building in Chinatown in Manila had collapsed like a pancake, killing a lot of people. Never forgot that one.
Ruby Towers. I remember that one too.
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We pay for earthquake insurance. This guarantees that we will never have an earthquake.

Sort of an "inverse Murphy's Law" effect, like when I bought a snow thrower and didn't see a snowflake for four years.
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