Friday, April 18, 2008

I felt the earth move...

Yep, like a whole lot of other Midwesterners, my husband and I were awakened this morning by the floors shaking and the windows rattling. Now for some of you, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake may be just another day in sunny California, for us it was a pretty big deal. The epicenter was in southeastern Illinois, near the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone (which I'd never heard of before) and not the New Madrid fault. Apparently it was felt as far away as Kansas, upper Michigan, and Georgia. I went to the U.S. Geological Survey website to learn more about the quake, where I was intrigued to read, "...earthquakes east of the Mississippi are felt more widely than those in the west."

Now why is that? Do the mountains in the west somehow dampen the tremors so that they can't travel as far? Any thoughts?

In other news, I see Busby and Berkeley, as we have taken to calling our pond ducks, less frequently. I am afraid that she has found another spot to lay her eggs. I was going to take a video of the ducks for your viewing pleasure, but now all I have is an earlier photo of Berkeley, and then the fish wanted to get in on the fun, so here they are:

video

6 comments:

Speak(er) said...

I guess the ducks were playing koi

Sara Latta said...

Watch it, Lu, you're getting dangerously close to your bad pun limit on this blog! (After that, you get only good puns. Just kidding.)

Speak(er) said...

Is there such a thing as a good pun? Or is that your point?

Sara Latta said...

Actually, I find all of those types of jokes pretty punny.

PJ Hoover said...

Oooh, exciting. And earthquake! Maybe one day I'll crawl out from under my rock and watch the news :)

Anonymous said...

Pansies! You guys in the midwest are pansies! And you realize, I hope, that you had your earthquake on April 18, the anniversary of the 1906 quake that levelled SF. I heard some convoluted explanation on the radio last night about why the shaking felt stronger in the midwest...it has something to do with the quality of the soil -- all those plains, ya know. I was only half listening. Sorry. Glad there was little damage and there were no injuries. PatBrace