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10 November 2012 @ 07:32 pm
Shake, Rattle and Roll  

So we got to experience an earthquake today. It measured 4.5 on the Richter Scale. The apartment building where I live shook and swayed for about 15-20 seconds. The epicenter was in Kentucky. Nothing broke and there wasn't any damage.

If I lived in California, this might not have been a big deal, but I don't. I live in West Virginia along the Ohio River where our natural disasters tend toward flooding.

Strangely enough, this is the second tremor this year. The first one was in March.

Although it wasn't a big one, it gives me a small insight to how the folks in California must feel. I don't envy them. It's disconcerting to a certain extent. We are not supposed to have earthquakes. That's a West Coast thing.

Just makes me wonder what's next on Mother Nature's mind what with hurricanes in New York and earthquakes in West Virginia...

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elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on November 11th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
You don't realize it but you are on one of the biggest fault line in the continental United States - the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Possibly the largest earthquake in the United States occurred in 1812 in Tennessee, where Memphis is now. If that earthquake happened today, it would probably wipe that city off the map.

theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on November 11th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I didn't know that. Thanks for the link. It was fascinating and somewhat scary to think that Memphis could be wiped out.
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Tree - green & leaningembroiderama on November 11th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Yikes! When we had our earthquake here (VA) last year it was so freaky. I'm an east coast girl all the way so I'd definitely never felt anything like that, even if there wasn't much damage other than the small town right over the epicenter.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on November 11th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)

Definitely a freaky feeling. Lol. The link that Elr posted has some really good information that I didn't know. You should check it out.
angelita26angelita26 on November 12th, 2012 05:45 am (UTC)
You live in West Virginia? That's awesome. I'm from WV and went to college on the Ohio River.

I lived in LA for almost seven years and went through a few small quakes and one (others would say minor but it felt much bigger/scarier at the time) other one. Eventually, you get used to the small ones, but the first few I felt had me freaked out. And I knew to expect them, so *hugs* to you for going through them in WV.