I feel the Earth move…

Earthquakes and ugly shoes

Poor Carole King always seems to be associated with earthquakes! Please excuse my ugly, white shoes!  Image by Anna Ashcroft.

Well, it happened.  After years and years of wanting to feel an earthquake (yes, I’m strange, I know) I finally got my chance Saturday morning.  It happened around 7am while I was in a deep sleep.  I was looking forward to sleeping in after a long, stressful week, so when my bed started shaking I was annoyed.  Who in the hell was bothering me that early on a Saturday?  When I realized there was no one else in the room with me, my mind started racing trying to figure out what was going on.  I thought maybe we were having a bad thunderstorm until I realized it wasn’t storming.  It took me a few seconds to get my senses together, but after I did I realized the windows were rattling as well.  It seemed to go on forever, but in reality it was less than a minute.  I got up and checked the house and realized I had just experienced an earthquake for the first time.  It still seems surreal.  Although earthquakes have become more normal in this area of the country the past 3 or 4 years, I had never felt one in my home.  This earthquake was one of the bigger ones and it was even felt a few states away.

Information on the earthquake can be found at the USGS event page here.

The USGS also has a Report It feature on their website.  If you feel an earthquake, you can go to the Report It page and find the earthquake that you felt.  If you can’t find the specific earthquake in their list, you can report an “unknown event” and insert the proper information in the form provided.  Reporting an earthquake that you experience helps the USGS collect data on that particular earthquake.  I think it’s a great idea and it only took me a couple of minutes to fill out.

If you’ve ever experienced an earthquake, please feel free to share your experiences with me below!