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Did you feel it?Posted Friday, April 18, 2008, at 7:40 AM
This morning at 4:32 a.m., the region was shaken by a 5.4 earthquake, which (I gather) was NOT caused by the New Madrid fault (good news!). This little nudge from Mother Earth is just another reminder that we are not in control!
Folks in this region have been wondering "What next????!!" after all the ice storms and floods. The FEMA office is still set up in Advance at the KC Hall, so I guess they could have just switched from assessment of flood damages to assessment of earthquake damage, if necessary!
When it happened, I had just gotten back to sleep, after waking up at my customary 3 a.m., looking at my electric clock, which was blinking 9:40, and getting up to reset it. Power was off for 30 minutes, for some reason...
Anyway, I thought the cats had somehow gotten out of the laundry room, where I have to lock them up at night for this very reason. I'm a light sleeper, and I'll feel them if they jump up on the bed...
The first year my husband and I were in Fairbanks, Alaska, we were shocked by the frequency of earthquakes more serious than a 5.4. One day in our first summer, my husband came home for lunch, parked his company truck out front of the house, and came in just before an earthquake hit. I was standing in the kitchen and could see his truck bouncing like a toy, while the ground beneath it was UNDULATING like waves on the ocean!!! I never knew the ground could do that - especially without causing any more damage than it did. This was in 1969, about four years after Alaska's major earthquake - so it was pretty scarey.
We, as Missourians who have suffered from a most unusual spring, can only hold our breaths and truly ask ourselves...."What next???"
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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