Friday, April 18, 2008

Earthquake? You kiddin' me? Earthquake?!

(…Jim Mora reference for all my fellow, longtime Jim Mora fans.)

Friends, Romans, and countrymen have been reporting that a minor earthquake hit Illinois this morning; 5.2 on the Richter scale, says the USGS. (Keep rockin’ that FeedBurner feed, USGS.) I felt nothing, but then again I’m not to be trusted for anything empirical or objective between midnight and 6am or so.

However, when I was a grad student, living in Seattle in 1995, a 5.0 hit us around dinner time. I was cooking in my apartment’s kitchen. The moment the quake hit, my kitchen became a galley on a cabin cruiser, lazily rocking from side to side, as though the wake of a large, passing ship had disturbed it at port. And much like riding through a wake, it was over quickly, righting everything. I'm not sure the vegetables I was stir-frying even shifted in the pan.

The manic reaction of the local news media was predictable; that didn't make it any less of a farce. I remember KING5’s Jim Foreman (NBC affiliate) racing to a hair salon to cover the devastation; there were shattered shelves and styling product scattered everywhere, people. Why a full-scale stylist riot and looting spree didn't consume all of Tukwila that night, I'll never know.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dug said...

Sounds like no one is safe from the big one: An earthquake of intensity VII occurred on November 9, 1968 in Illinois. A magnitude 5.3 shock, it was felt over 580,000 square miles in 23 states. There were reports of people in tall buildings in Ontario and Boston feeling the shock.

April 18, 2008 2:40 PM  
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