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Monday, June 28, 2004

Early morning earthquake

There was an earthquake at 1:10 a.m. Monday morning near Ottawa, Illinois. No injuries were reported. My oldest daughter and I felt it here in Springfield. She blogged it shortly afterwards.

Its remarkable because we rarely feel earthquakes here, even though were just up the road a couple hundred miles from the New Madrid fault. It is further remarkable because this was the first time I felt an aftershock. I was about 11 when I experienced my first earthquake. The second one was when I was about 18.

A few earthquake links:

Posted by Marie at June 28, 2004 11:55 PM


You mention that earthquake when you were 11. Boy, I remember that one, too (from a variety of references in your writing, I'm guessing you're a year or two younger than me, and I'm a '54 kid). Anyway, I remember a Saturday morning when I was 12 or 13 and accompanying my dad on one of his regular weekend errands. He was in the Jewel in Park Forest cashing a check, and I was waiting in the car. Suddenly, I realized the car was bouncing up and down, and I wasn't the cause. I mentioned it to my dad, but he hadn't felt anything in the store. When we got home later, my mom told us the house had shaken and all our hanging lamps had started swinging.

I live in earthquake country now, but that's still a vivid memory.

Posted by: Dan at July 1, 2004 1:53 AM

Wow! That had to be the same earthquake. Amazing. Who would have thought, two kids, completely unknown to each other, 200 miles apart, both experiencing the same event (again 200 miles apart), would one day 35 years later meet up and discuss it in a place called the Internet? Stuff like that really captures my imagination.

By the way, Dan, is it safe to assume that you were usually the cause of the car bouncing up and down? Just kidding. Couldn't resist.

Posted by: Marie at July 1, 2004 5:58 PM