Friday, April 18, 2008
rockin' the house
Some of you may have heard/felt the 5.2 earthquake that hit the Midwest (U.S.) in the wee hours of this morning. Yes, the Midwest has a massive fault line running right through the center. A fault line that nearly cracked the U.S. in half approx. 200 years ago in 1811. Image above is the document requesting federal assistance to the territory, arguably the predecessor to FEMA. Fascinating if not unsettling.
And while a big quake isn't funny at all, the responses at 4:00 a.m. today that I've heard thus far are something to chuckle about. Unchartered territory for most of us who have heard of the threat of the fault but feel safely snug in the heartland. I, for instance, sat straight up to hear the repeated banging of our gate at the top of the stairs (keeps the kiddo from tumblin' down) only to have my slumbering husband simply grumble "earthquake". Unaffected, nonchalant, bothered and oblivious, he lived in California for many years. Not a big help in easing my mind. All abuzz today others thought their retaining walls were falling, dogs were wrestling and giant trucks were barreling down the street. As I sign off this Friday I invite you all to share your thoughts from 4:00 a.m. today, if in fact you even woke up. Oh and please do leave your blog, site, shop or favorite St. Louis url so that readers can take in other events of the day. A fun way to self-promote and bond with other Midwesterners who made it through.