Wednesday, February 10, 2010


on the Richter scale.

With the epicenter in Virgil, IL just northwest of my sleepy little river town.

At 4:00 a.m. this morning I was awoken from my slumber by the low tones of a rumbling...then my bed started shaking violently in the attic bedroom of my 1899 farmhouse.

I met my daughter Anna in the hallway, where she was looking outside - we both assumed that a gust of wind had hit us - hard.

But the winter themed decorative flag hanging from the front of the house was barely moving, which led her to ask...

"Mom, WHAT was that?"

"That, my dear, was an earthquake!"

shake shake shake


sarah said...

i seriously had to google this see if you were joking.

an earthquake in illinois??!!! is that normal? is everyone okay?

Susan's Snippets said...

Sarah -

Yes, actually the Midwest has one of the LARGEST fault lines underneath it - you can read more about the New Madrid fault line here -

oh dear

Susan's Snippets said...

Sarah -

Actually I just read that it ENDS in Arkansas!!

Although do not worry too much - it is rare for us to have a quake!!

for goodness sake

Judy @ daily yarns said...

My son and his wife felt it too. They live in Sycamore and thought either a car hit their house or the porch to their second floor apartment fell down. I can't imagine what you all felt at the time.

Susan's Snippets said...

Judy -

Thanks, Judy. Sycamore would actually be a little closer to the epic center - so I am sure your son and his family were shook up!!

I will check my limestone foundation for cracks this weekend - but I am hopefully that all is well.

this weekend inspection will tell