If a tree falls in a forest…

May 5, 2008

If an earthquake rumbles two miles away, and I don’t hear it, what the heck is going on? I mean two miles?  I have to travel further than that if I want chicken wings.

This morning at around 6:30 a.m., a 2.7 magnitude quake hit so close to my house that I’m pretty sure I can see the epicenter from my back deck. (We live on a very large hill.) Did I wake up? No. Did anyone in our house wake up? No again.

At least I’m in good company. But still, when I get ready for bed tonight, it’ll be hard not to wonder just what I’m going to miss.

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4 Responses to “If a tree falls in a forest…”

  1. Carolynn Says:

    Same thing happened to me years ago, Angie. My mom told me our huge stereo “jumped” off the floor during a small quake and I still didn’t wake up.

    Oh, how I wish for such sound sleeping now…

  2. Chessie Says:

    Boy you guys have never lived in California. LOL. Usually you don’t feel a quake unless it is above a 4. Most of the time there is little to no damage unless it is up above a 6. And if you are talking over a 7, hold on to your hat.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    You are right about the rating on the quake for whether you feel them, but it also depends on how sensitive your system is and where you are when it hits. It also Depends if the quake is a rolling one or just a jerking or knocking one, and the intensity of it in length for how long you will feel the thing. Just be sure you have your shoes where you can find them, and a flashlight handy perhaps tied to the bed. When the Northridge one hit, my flashlight shook to the bottom end of the bed & it took a while to find it so that I could use it.

  4. Angie Fox Says:

    That’s incredible, Elizabeth. I’ve never thought of tying a flashlight to the bed. Living in St. Louis, I never expected an earthquake in the first place! Occasionally, we’ll hear about the New Madrid fault, but then nothing happens. Not like you folks in California.

    Luck favors the prepared, so maybe I will tie a flashlight onto one of the shelves in my closet. It’s also an interesting plot point for any author who writes about a character in an earthquake zone. Hmmm…


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