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The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by mrsteabag on 10 February 2010 4:27pm
 
The epicenter of the 3.8 quake that hit at 4 AM is about 20 miles NE of our house an 40 miles west of Chicago proper. Orion's beddy-bye is just outside our bedroom. I thought he'd rolled over and kicked the wall during a bad dream. No damage at all-a picture was knocked over.
Believe it or not, Orion slept through it.
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by peripatetically on 10 February 2010 5:18pm
 
Bless his soul. So glad you are alright, Fran. Keep us posted.
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We still have power although it has clicked on and off about 5 times in the alst 4 minutes. Grrrrr......
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by Nestorp on 10 February 2010 7:03pm
 
For those interested
http://www.iris.edu/seismon/
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by Ken Dunn on 10 February 2010 8:45pm
 
Iris reports it as a 4.3. I wondered if any palinites would be affected by it.
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by suzulu on 10 February 2010 11:00pm
 
Have there been earthquakes in that area before, Fran?
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by tucsonmike on 11 February 2010 12:08am
 
I'd heard about the quake this morning. Fran, glad you are OK. It is true, you do not think of earthquakes in Illinois, then again, in 1812, you had the New Madrid Earthquake, not all that far away in Missouri.
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by mrsteabag on 11 February 2010 1:03am
 
@Pats, power failures like that are more aggrevating than the ones that last for hours! FEH! Glad you're ok, too.
@Nestor, thanks for posting that. Very interesting.
@Ken, it was downgraded by whoever's in charge to a 3.8 based on descriptions and some other measurements.
@Suzulu, yes, there have been quakes here before. We had a small-ish one in 2008 in New Salem, which is down by Springfield, about 150 miles from here. I don't recall the magnitude, but it was felt in northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri. As Mike mentioned, there was a Big One in New Madrid on the border with Missouri in 1812. That changed the course of the Mississippi River. It's the midwest's answer to the San Andreas fault in California in terms of potential consequences when The Big One hits.
@Mike, thanks. New Madrid is about 6 hours from here, but as I said, that's our Big One.
We had that, a storm that dropped up to a foot of snow in some places, we had another arraignment in the Blagojevich case. It gets better tomorrow.
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by Nestorp on 11 February 2010 11:22am
 
If you get a look in that seismic site you can check where in the World you already had earthquakes (recent or old ones).
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by peripatetically on 12 February 2010 1:44am
 
Well, Fran, no, I have to disagree. Not when it's extremely hot. Your food goes bad and it's hot as hell in the m-d-Atlantic. Also, when it's cold, it's bitter bitter, bitter damp, nasty cold-to-the-bone cold. Ya got to have heat. On and off is fine. At least the house stays warm and you are comfortable, you can cook, wash clothes, watch TV, use the computer, etc. No power at all--- you can't do that.
 
Re: The Northern Illinois Earthquake Report by mrsteabag on 13 February 2010 12:02am
 
Yikes...sorry, Pats, hadn't thought about that. That is miserable. When we have the little glitches, everything in our house beeps when it comes back on line. Orion can't deal with the noise. He runs around trying to hide from it. Mr. Teabag runs around cursing about damage to electronics despite industrial strength surge protectors. I want to leave them to their devices, but can't because the garage door won't open without the motor.
 
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