Illinois Earthquake

by , posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 6:00 am

Not of the political variety. An actual earthquake. Something one just does not expect in Northern Illinois.

I was awake – went to sleep at a freakishly early hour last night, and woke up at about 3:45, and was at my computer, checking in on a few sites and on my e-mail, trying to decide whether to try to go back to sleep, glanced at the clock and it said 3:59 a.m. and thought, yeah, I really should try to go back to sleep, then BAM!

Really. BAM! Felt like the building was exploding – my first reaction was that the roof had collapsed under snow, but then the shaking continued, and I was just ready to go outside and see if the roof had collapsed or if something in the building exploded when my daughter called from Geneva – it woke her and the hubby and kids up.

My dog is still shaken, she’s right at my heel if I so much as go in the kitchen to make coffee.

USGS is saying epicenter four miles east of Sycamore, and since I’m in St. Charles, that’s pretty damned close.

UPDATE: Google map from USGS pinpointing epicenter, which I’d say offhand would most probably be in a cornfield, but yes, very near St. Charles.


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