I felt the earthquake! Here in Chicago!!
This morning there was an earthquake on the New Madrid fault. From my childhood in St. Louis, I know that the New Madrid fault runs through the very southern tip of Missouri. The earthquake was a 5.4 this morning. The news is repeatedly saying that this the strongest earthquake in 40 years, which I am sure it is, but they seem to be ignoring the fact that there have been similar earthquakes in the region much more recently. I have now felt two earthquakes in my lifetime. The first was a 4.6 in St. Louis from the same fault line! I was in 5th or 6th grade, so it must have been around 1990.
This morning though, the quake was strong enough to wake me from dead sleep! My bed was shaking! And my first instinct was that it was an earthquake! But I couldn’t believe I was right! I got up and went into the bathroom and two little glass candle holders that hang instead of resting on a surface were swinging! And a hook that hangs off of a bar was swaying wildly!! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!
What a start to the day!!
I think the reason I felt the earthquake so strongly is because I am in a tall building. I am sure it was even worse is highrises! Can you imagine? Tall buildings amplify the shaking, so I am sure the tall downtown highrises felt like a carnival ride!
Can’t wait to see what other people felt at the office!