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Hush, ye world-weary west-coasters
....Huh. Earthquake. Nifty.

The freaky thing is it happened at 5:37 a.m. and I happen to have woken up about 3 minutes earlier and was heading for the bathroom, so I was standing in the middle of the room when it hit.

Basically wasn't much stronger than a low-flying plane, window-and-floor-rattling-wise.
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petzipellepingo

2008-04-18 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

We felt it here as well.

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

And there were aftershocks later. I told my boss "Going home. Earthquake." (I didn't really) and his response was "DAMN. I MISSED IT AGAIN."

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mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's the first one I've ever felt! I'm kind of curiously bemused.

wesleysgirl

2008-04-18 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow, weird. We had an early morning one years ago when I was living in western MA and it was so strange. I guess if you live somewhere you expect to feel the occasional earthquake, it's the first thing you think of when the house goes rattle rattle, but it sure wasn't the first thing I thought of at the time.

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, we live near train tracks, and while not near the airport, in a city with an international airport where we do get occasional flyover noise. So my first thought was "plane - wait, that's lasting a while." Then I head downstairs to the bathroom and passed maeyan's room and she had been woken up by it. She said "Earthquake?" and I said "I...don't think so?" But then I checked the Indy Star as soon as I woke up just to be sure, and yep.

media_junkie

2008-04-18 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

We had an earthquake in Jersey once while I was napping. It was strong enough to wake me and I thought to myself - "What a stupid dream, there are no earthquakes in Jersey". When I woke up I discovered my coffee cup was broken so I hit the cat. When I found out it was real and not a dream I felt awful about the cat. (He was a bad kitty though and it was the type of thing he WOULD have done without a qualm.)

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

*giggle* I have no difficulty believing the phrase "I mistook my cat for an earthquake."

happybydefault

2008-04-18 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

That is so cool! Apparently it was felt up here in Michigan (Lansing area), although I slept through it.

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think i probably got woken up by it, or a pre-tremor or something, but didn't realize it. It's probably more likely than that I just happened to remember I had a bladder at exactly 5:37 in the morning.

michelf

2008-04-18 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

What did you do to piss off the mole people?

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

.......OH. SHIT.

Sry.

julia_here

2008-04-18 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, 5.4 is a nice friendly little quake, although it's still not a good idea to run out onto a third floor fire escape like my upstairs neighbors did during the 1981 Goat Rocks quake. (6.8, like the Nisqually Quake in 2001, is not friendly at all).

Julia, went to my Recent Earthquakes bookmark and looked at the maps before I even looked at my flist.

mpoetess

2008-04-18 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

....I mostly just want to be able to say I survived something called the Goat Rocks Quake.

shurimon

2008-04-18 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

There were reports on the news of people feeling it here in Cincinnati, though my folks and I slept through it and were only woken when one of my brothers called. They're both in Indy and felt it; one was jolted out of bed, and the other was at work at the time (he's the producer for a morning radio show) and said the bulletproof windows on the studio shook.

mpoetess

2008-04-18 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

The aftershock hit when I was at work, and at first I thought "Huh, somebody's up in the ducting again" because I'm on the top floor and maintenance does go up there every so often. And then not only the ceiling but the desk shook, and I went, "Ohhhh. That."

shurimon

2008-04-18 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee! I think a lot of folks had similar reactions. I didn't even hear the phone ring, myself, so if any tremors got as far as us, I didn't feel them.