A Whole Lotta Shakin’:The Great Chicago Earthquake of 2008

I thought 5.2 on the Richter scale was limited to California. The Midwest, impossible…or not.

Friday morning I had woken up during the middle of the night, had dozed back off when I felt the bed shake. Kinda like when you put quarters in the beds at cheap motels. 4:37 am. I figured I must have been dreaming until I heard the news on the way into work.

It was the New Madrid fault line. Worst quake in the midwest in 40 years. Centered 120 miles south of Chicago. Here is what the Chicago Tribune reported the morning of the quake:

“A massive rock formation 7 miles below West Salem, Ill., moved just an inch or so at 4:36 a.m. Friday, but that was enough to cause the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that broke windows and cracked walls near the epicenter, shook Chicagoans in their beds and sent shock waves that people felt as far away as Kansas and West Virginia.

Neither the main quake nor the half-dozen aftershocks caused any major injuries or property damage. But the rattling was the worst to hit Illinois since 1968, when a 5.3 quake caused more damage to buildings but no injuries.”

I have thought for a long time that while the winters can be brutally cold and July and August can shelter that Chicago was clear of natural disasters. No hurricanes, tornadoes or quakes…or so I thought.

Well, you can get out of town, be fearful or just rock with the Jerry Lee. I vote for the latter.

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