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I was all set to write up a quick post about this train that woke both of us up at 4 a.m. Just this huge crashing sound that I swore could have been nothing short of a train derailing in our backyard. Our house shook.

We live with train tracks in our backyard and the trains themselves rarely, if ever, wake us up anymore.

This one did. And we were a bit freaked out. We did get out of bed and look out the front and back windows.

We saw nothing. So we went back to bed.

This morning, I began the mental process of formulating the post about the impossibly loud train when I checked my e-mail and saw a news alert from the Chicago Tribune with the headline "Earthquake strikes Illinois."

No way.

I clicked through and it turns out there was a 4.3-mag earthquake with its epicenter in Sycamore, Illinois.

In case you'd like a little context...


The yellow pin is us. The red pin is Sycamore, about 20-25 miles west.

That certainly explains a lot.

What did Katie say after I told her what happened? "Maybe we shouldn't have pictures hanging above our bed."

Heh heh.

The saddest thing is that I'm actually a little excited about this. I've always wanted to be in an earthquake. Every time we visit California, I hope for one. This is the first earthquake I remember being in although my mom will say that I was in a small temblor while living in Lexington, KY, in the early 80s. Don't really remember it, though.

[morbid] Coolness.


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Damn, that's too close to here for comfort.

Do you know that homeowners insurance doesn't cover earthquakes?


When Karl came to visit me in California, he was sooo excited when there was an earthquake. I didn't get it at first because much like it is with famous people, we Californians get desensitized to earthquakes.

Also, I am glad you are okay!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

You're a little (a lot?) weird for wanting to be in a earthquake. Next thing you know, you're going to blog about chasing tornadoes. hahaha.


Crazy! I expect that kind of thing in CA but not in IL.

I know it's odd but I kind of always enjoyed earthquakes. I think that makes me morbidly curious?


Scooter went a little nuts-o last night and we couldn't figure out why. We figured it was a big gust of wind or even (with that wind) that something banged into the house. I was shocked when Becca said it was an earthquake and I am a little upset I wasn't awake to feel it.

Bob "Pappy" Richardson

Our dog woke us up about 2-3 min before it hit. I thought she wanted to go outside so I tried to fall asleep again. Just as I was drifting off ... boom. I looked outside to see if a house blew up or something. And Huntley is a lot closer to Gilberts where they now say it was centered. A good jolt to start the day.


It doesn't? Hmmm... not good. Maybe if something does happen, I'll claim phantom train derailment.

Sybil Law

I felt an earthquake back in the 80's - it was very cool! My mom and dad and aunts all thought it was my uncle shaking the table (we were at a restaurant and he was a complete joker) at first.


Yeah, I can understand the excitement. It's the whole novelty of it. And thanks for the well wishes. I'm glad we are too. I never did see a celebrity when I was in LA six years ago. Bummer.


Sadly, I wasn't a blogger when I used to go storm chasing with a friend. Would've been fun, though. ;-)


They say that the New Madrid fault in Illinois/Missouri/Kentucky is much bigger than the San Andreas fault in California.


It could've been the earthquake or PTSD from the ball-in-the-eye affair. ;-)


Who the hell needs an alarm clock?


Wouldn't it be funny if it was the same earthquake my mom felt when we were in Lexington? Were you in Cincy at the time?


Just heard about this on the news. Be thankful you don't hang your axe collection over your bed.


Oh I do hang my battle axe up there. But my ninja-like reflexes saved us both.


I have a friend who says that very minor tremors are causing all the frames in his house to go off centre.


Given enough tremors over an extended period of time and, yeah, I can
see that happening. How many has he endured?


As with Hilly, I lived through many an earthquake growing up in California. We've had a few here in Utah, but nothing like the 6.0 and higher I stood in the doorways for over the years.


Well the freaky thing is that they are usually so small that we can't feel them.


What's the strongest one you've been through?


Yeah, who really knows how many we've actually been through?


I think 6.8 was the highest I experienced. Sometime in my teen years, mid to late 1970's. The last one I remember was in October 1987, right before I moved from Calif to Utah. It was about a 5.7. Driving in my car, the entire road moved. Very freaky to experience.

I was in Calif right after the Northridge quake in 1994. That one was a 6.7 and caused a lot of damage.


Yeah, I heard Northridge did some damage.


On April 18, 2008 (per my blog) an earthquake woke me up. It was the one that hit around Evansville, Indiana. The bed shaking is what caught my attention.

I missed the one we had when I was in college. I was in a car and didn't notice it.

I can't speak to moving pictures from over the bed, but, if you've got a mirror on your ceiling you might want to make sure it's secure.


Yeah, that could hurt.

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