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Well. That explains that.

Woke up about 4 am to what sounded like a semi-nearby explosion or crash. Turned to brainiacfive, whom it had also awakened, said "WTF?" Briefly considered looking out the windows to see if someone had driven a car into a house or if there was smoke rising somewhere, then decided I didn't want to leave my nice warm bed and there'd be sirens if it were something like that anyway.

Which there weren't, because generally people don't call the police or fire department for earthquakes.

In all the places I've lived and visited, I've been present for exactly two earthquakes. Both were 4-point-something, within the last six years, in Illinois. Gotta love our crazy planet.

So, we have earthquake instead of Snowmageddon 2. We shoveled about 6 inches last night to keep it from getting out of hand, which of course means there's barely another inch this morning. Mind you, if we hadn't done that, Murphy's Law dictates there'd be another foot or something, so I'll deal with my sore back and the fact that we're not shoveling it today in the sunshine.

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thanatos_kalos
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
oooh, neat! mild, unexpected quakes(that cause no damage or injuries) are fun. :)
wiliqueen
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Now if they'd just happen sometime other than 4 am, so I can appreciate them better!
jennetj
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
And you were practically on top of it, too! Friend in Bartlett told me he felt it. I was too far away - didn't feel a thing.
nique
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I was dead asleep, so I missed it this time... not that I would have thought it was anything but snow plow going by.
wiliqueen
Feb. 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I wondered if a snowplow had driven into something. But I'm also about 10 miles from the epicenter.
bentleywg
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
We got a total of 12 inches of snow between Monday night and Wednesday morning, but no big dump of snow overnight, so this morning wasn't bad.
wiliqueen
Feb. 10th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's so odd that we always seem to get several inches less than even you, just a few miles away. We're right near the river, but I can't imagine that's big enough to make a difference. I wonder what it is.
irish_horse
Feb. 10th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I just heard about the earthquake. How bizarre is that? From what I read, they can't even identify which fault system had dyspepsia this morning.

I'm glad it was just a matter of being shaken awake and not something valuable to you getting smashed to bits. I'm doubly glad that Chicagoland is not Haiti.
wiliqueen
Feb. 10th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
And we've had two of roughly the same magnitude in about five years. Though I seem to recall they knew where the last one came from.
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