Just after noon a little we felt our first earthquake!! A slight noise,the house shook a little,and a ripple went across the pond!! The center was down by K-Zoo and i hope the Gilmore Red Barns are ok! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Per check on computer, quake was a 4.2 with center about 8 miles south of Galesburg,.....FWIW,.....harold
Our house shook about 5 times back and forth to where the wall hangers were swaying. Weird feeling indeed. It reminded me of when my ex-wife tripped and fell once..
I experienced an earthquake once. What makes it seem so scary is there truly is nowhere to run or hide, you just have to hope it stops.
Dave is 100% correct, and then if you get a second tremor right away, you really start to worry--at least I do! And back when I lived in Dunsmuir you always too a quick look towards Mt. Shasta---just in case!!
Dave: Bill D here, when we lived in North Redondo during WW2, cannot remember exactly when there was an quake and it was bad enough to roll my mother's piano away from the wall. We were home and she grabbed my hand we ran into the street(Wanderbilt Lane)and she was afraid to go back into the house for some time.
Since we have lived here in Redding we have had several shakers. On time we were on our way to Paradise to see our kid, and that was (Thanksgiving) and when we got home the family room door was open as several of the kitchen cabins. Our fist thought was a burglar, then our younger son called and Asked did you feel the quake, and we were stopped near Hooker Creek off ramp near Red Bluff. Scary to say the least.
Whee! Time to go for a ride! 4.2s are for fun.
Seriously. A lot of it is all about what you are used to. Being in the San Francisco Bay Area most of my life, I have been in literally dozens of over 3.0 quakes.
Very seriously. One 3.something centered just outside of Los Gatos had all the local radio stations talking about , telling jokes, tales of what fell down, minor reports of damage, etc. Then the DJ got quiet, and somber. He said "I just can't believe it. We have a report of a fatality. We will try to get some details". Little by little, they got those details. It turned out, that a family member was visiting from the mid-West (where he had never felt an earthquake), and taking a nap in the second floor spare room in one of Los Gatos' famous Victorian homes. The poor fellow freaked out so badly being awakened by the house shaking that he did a head-long dive through the upstairs window and was killed when he landed head first on the sidewalk out front.
Strange. Sad. But true.
All about what you are used to. And you can keep your tornadoes thank you.
And regardless of what you are used to? Being prepared for emergencies is a good idea.
Do drive carefully, and enjoy the ride! W2
What really makes me wonder about it was a loud boom,the dishes rattled in the cupboard but why the loud noise?? I never thought to see if the wind turbines stopped but we are in heavy clay no rock's for at least 100 ft down!!Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Nice part about hurricanes? They give you a little warning! ;o)
And they don't hang around for "after-blows!"
I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for about 10 years. I was driving during my first earth quake and did not feel it due to the fact that I was in a F250 so bouncing down the road was normal!
My "first quake" was when I was about 12, we were driving to a relative's house in the dessert, and I remember my Dad commenting that this was the bumpiest road he'd ever driven & it didn't look like it should be. When we pulled into their driveway, they all ran out and asked, "Did you just feel the earthquake??"
The first one I was aware of was at my Uncles on Summit Drive near Santa Cruz, we were all at Thanksgiving Dinner when the chandelier started swaying. Real gentle one, not like the one later (Loma Prieta) when my Uncle was trying to measure the movement of a crack in his front yard. He was a space engineer, they're a different breed--the rest of us would be trying to get away from the crack!!
The first quake I remember was when I was seven. I've been through a bunch of them I was aware of and more that I didn't know about until I heard about them on radio or TV. They've never felt scary to me, just weird. I always thought it was funny that my dad's sister in Oklahoma said she'd be afraid to live in California because of the earthquakes, but being a sitting duck in Tornado Alley didn't bother her. Now, apparently thanks to fracking, Oklahoma has more quakes than California. And now, your quake history question:
Where was the biggest earthquake in U.S. history?
New Madred, early 1800s Felt all the way to Boston and rang bells there. Made the Mississippi River run backwards for 30 mins. Oh and it's over due to break loose again. Correct Master Jelf ???
Joe,That should be on a T shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's Funny!!!!!!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
I hate 4:07 AM wake your .ss up calls. This one felt a little stronger then the one 4 days ago and I was fun. We people love to take bets on the magnitude.
George n L.A.
I really had to laugh at your picture (so did my wife when I showed it to her). As I said, it is all about what you are used to.
About two years ago we had a "Tornado" touch down in Roseville about 30 miles from us. A couple homes were seriously damaged. Home videos and various reports dominated the local news for two weeks. I could just hear the mid-Westerners laughing about "that little thing? It might make page three of the local paper!" I never did hear any official designation of the F magnitude. From things I have seen, it was probably an F1, maybe.
Fifteen, maybe twenty, years ago? My wife and I flew into the Denver airport, one of the last planes to land before they shut the airport down. We had a rental car reserved, and they were warning that tornadoes were expected in about fifteen minutes while we walked off the plane. We had planned to do a little sight-seeing around Denver, but instead grabbed the rental car and headed South to Golden where the convention was to be held. Many strange and eerie sights around as we drove out of town. We later saw news reports about tornado hits and misses and the airport shutdown.
A friend, going to the same convention, was on a flight supposedly five minutes behind us. He and his wife had to circle for awhile. If this thread continues for a bit, I may tell another tale of a personal encounter with a Califunny twister. No threat intended.
Do drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Joe: Great picture !! Made me laugh.
Wayne: Earthquakes, tornadoes, brush fires, possible tsunamis ... you Californians live an interesting life !!
Hey Kenneth...well, believe it or not, I actually felt it clear down here in N.Central Ohio. We live about 55 miles East of Toledo,and about 12 miles straight south from Sandusky Bay. I was in the barn (concrete floor) putzing around on one of the cars, when around 12:30 or so I felt the floor vibrate and the lift (down position so no tension on cables) rattle a bit. Then another lesser rumble and a third. Actually thought it was the quarry about 2 miles west of us and thought it was strange that they'd be blasting that late,and that was a doozy, as they usually do it around 11 A.M. like clockwork. Then around 8 PM Sat. night I read about the earthquake you folks had in Michigan, and it was felt even in Toledo. Well, as mentioned, even further than that!! We're sitting on solid beds of limestone here that run clear to the NW border of Ohio pretty much, so no wonder it transmitted that far.
Tim We heard it,and felt it and saw the 1/2 inch tall ripple on the pond,but we were timid about our earthquake until it was on the tube. You might have been closer to it than we were at a guess of 125 miles?? Bud In Wheeler,Mi.
Yeah, but when was the last time ha had a darn good blizzard and -30 F for a week. Bwahahahahaha. We haven't had a good tornado for two years. And it's been nearly two years since the floods. But the pestilence? Holy crap, the pestilence has been horrible.
Michael G! You can keep your -30 F! Since I first said that about tornadoes about forty years ago, and we have since had a few? Maybe deep minuses are next for us?
We had a 5.8 not far from here at 2.29pm this afternoon, I was cutting firewood and didn't feel a thing.
Here is one report -
"Apart from being "very noisy" the earthquake didn't topple over one bottle, said Super Liquor Wanaka duty manager, Cris Johnston. "
Ive experienced several of the years but nothing like what dropped Christchurch a few years ago but the strangest thing I had 15 yrs ago was lying in bed asleep and woken by a loud noise like a steam train coming at you just before your house rocks. Must be the ground twisting & shaking I guess. Following Christchurch school kids are trained and today our local kids hit the floor and hide under their desks.
All good, no damage
I thought I was gonna die!! I used to travel the auto show circuit as a product specialist/narrator and was sent to the L.A. show (among others) every year. They put us up in the Hotel Intercontinental near downtown L.A. I was 16 floors up when the Northridge quake hit about 4:30 a.m.. It was amazing! The unearthly, weird sound woke me up first. It seemed to be coming from everywhere. From my bed, I looked out the window and saw the ground literally moving in waves like it was a blanket being shook. Then it hit the hotel. Not only did it shake like a wet dog, but it also swayed from side to side in all directions. I wasn't sure if I was going to die in a roof collapse or if the building was going to topple over! I started saying The Lord's Prayer but was so scared, I got half way through it and forget the rest!!!
Back in 1976 I was living in Eureka, CA on the third floor of a Victorian apartment building. Around 3am I was awakened by a weird sound, and then my bed began banging sideways into the wall, the windows, which were painted closed flew open.
After what seemed like an eternity things settled down and I stumbled to my feet and looked out the window. There was a lone street light in the distance and I could here a dog howling--but nothing else. No remember, all alone, about 23 years old, AND the Nuclear power plant there was still in operation. I didn't know if it had blown, or if I was the only person still alive--so I called my brother, who lived 15 miles north in Arcada. Now, both houses on either side of them lost their chimneys, but they slept through it until my phone call, "It's 3 AM, WHY are you calling us now???? Go back to bed!" Heck, I just wanted to hear another human voice!
I still remember that strange noise waking me up.
David, I was there at that time as well, but I don't recall the quake. Growing up in Eureka, I experienced many quakes. Left in 1980 for Anchorage, AK. Still experience a lot of quakes.