Apr 19 2008
By: yellowdog  shortURL

The earthquake Friday woke is up. A precarious table rattled at 5:40. Anybody else in Blount County? We are far from the epicenter and none of the news that I have seen mentions this area as being involved.

Preliminary Earthquake Report...most recent is back on the 9th.

The USGS shows the most recent is back on the 9th.
Perhaps it will eventually be updated.

Forrest Erickson

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told.
Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.

-H. L. Mencken

Try Illinois

Well, since the quake was in Illinois, the Tennessee report won't help you much. Try here.

I heard some felt it in Chattanooga

Has the quake been declared a product of the New Madrid Fault? If so, perhaps there will be more. While we usually think of the New Madrid Earthquake as the one big quake that created Reelfoot Lake on February 7th, 1812, and made the Mississippi run backward, it was part of a cluster that started in December of 1811. Strangely, a similar cluster started around the same time down in the area of Caracas, Venezuela, that eventually killed anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 people just a month after the biggest of the New Madrid series up here.

I confess. I am a history buff.

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

You missed the best part...

What happened in 1812 was Tecumseh stamping his feet to unite the tribes.

Not New Madrid, though close

According to the USGS:

These earthquakes occurred in the Wabash Valley Seismic zone. The earthquakes in this zone are scattered over a large area of southeastern Illinois and southwest Indiana. The zone had at least eight prehistoric earthquakes over the past 20,000 years with estimated magnitudes ranging from about 6.5 to 7.5, based on geologic evidence....The Wabash Valley Seismic zone is adjacent to the more seismically active New Madrid seismic zone on the seismic zone's north and west.

There've been a cluster of aftershocks since, most in the 2.something range.

I think my dogs felt it

I was woken early Friday morning by a houseful of barking dogs. They were going crazy. And so were many of the dogs in the neighborhood. I woke up enough to tell them to shut up, and went back to sleep. But I think it was around 5:30am.


Rockin' & Rollin'


It was about 5:40AM! It was as if the whole house was on a slow-moving train just "rumbling" along the tracks. It lasted a good 20-30 seconds. Very bizarre, but so fascinating, too. The blue planet is still thriving, stretching and spinning. A timely reminder that we should respect our home.

That was it!

Ok, Yes, I heard the rumbling after the dogs woke me up. Couldn't figure out what it was.


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