Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Earthquakes in Kansas?????

Saturday morning I was deeply sleeping on my sofa in the living room. (Yes, I sleep on the sofa, most of the time) It was 7:05 a.m. The kids were in their bedrooms. Suddenly, I was shaken awake by a VIOLENT trembling of my entire house. I am not kidding! Our house sits on a concrete slab (no basement). The ground was rumbling and the house was swaying from side to side. I sat up on the edge of the sofa, trying to get the sleep to leave me. Thinking I might be dreaming I glanced at the lamp on the desk right behind the sofa. It was slowly edging it's way to crashing onto the floor. I reached out and grabbed it. The shaking was making me feel woozy clear down inside. Then as quickly as it started, it stopped. What the heck??
Earthquake in Japan


I changed the channel on the TV to a news channel and sure enough they were talking about having just felt an earthquake in Wichita. I live about 50 miles from Wichita. As the news developed throughout the day this earthquake originated out of Pawnee, Oklahoma and was felt as far away as Chicago. Egads! It was a record-tying magnitude of 5.6! There were no serious injuries and the damage was minimal. I have walked around my house and I don't see any NEW cracks. 

This is just crazy! Kansas is supposed to be known for tornadoes. You know "the we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto" kind of things. There isn't any warnings with these earthquakes. And it is pretty unsettling!

You can read more about it here if you'd like.  

Have you felt an earthquake? 

38 comments:

  1. We had two small ones in Michigan last year. I didn't feel them though my kids did. Perhaps they are more sensitive. I felt one years ago that was centered around Cleveland Ohio. I had my legs on a coffee table and it was shaking. I assumed a big truck rumbled by but I heard later it was an earthquake. I am in California a lot but I have never felt one there.

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    1. It is definitely something, once you feel, you won't forget!

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  2. They frack in Ohio, too, Paula, and we've begun having earthquakes out of central Ohio. We have a fault line in northern Ohio (the Perry nuclear power plant was built right over it!), and I've had one earthquake from there, in the eighties. It was a five point something and sounded seriously like a fright train. I was on the phone with my boss in WV, and could only stutter about the pictures bouncing on the walls. I guess the same one Sue felt. These new earthquakes are man made, and something we should be very concerned about.

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    1. It might be time for we citizens to make more noise about fracking!! This is darn scary in my opinion.

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  3. Paula, One time when I was visiting my parents in Ohio, (sleeping on a couch in the back bedroom - I love to sleep on couches), I felt a shaking of the couch in the middle of the night. When I told my Mom the next day, she said it was a ghost - ha! then we heard on the news that there had been an earthquake! And then we had one here in Virginia a few years ago. We were at the library and the shelves starting rattling. I thought a plane was going to hit the building - scared the heck out of me!!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I like sleeping on the sofa too Linda. I like having the small space with a back!! I can imagine how scary that earthquake was for you.

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  4. Oh no, hope the Tsunami misses us this time.

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  5. We occasionally have earthquakes in Northern Maine. I can remember a few.

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  6. Earthquakes can happen anywhere. There was a massive one in Missouri in the 1800s (I think it was Missouri).

    As for have I ever felt one? Um... You could say that...

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    1. Living in California, I can imagine you feel them often. I am 65 years old and only in the past few years have they been happening in Kansas. Scary!!

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  7. How absolutely terrifying! I would've been freaking out!!! Glad that you didn't sustain any damage and that no one was really injured.
    That is odd. I've never thought of Kansas as being ripe for an earthquake...
    Scary!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. We are having them more and more due to the fracking going on in Oklahoma!

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  8. Good grief! In Kansas?!?!
    Once, in Los Angeles, yes. While they were inside a shopping center, I was sitting in the back seat of my parents' Caddy (probably with my nose in a book) when some kids started 'riding' the bumper, making it rock n' roll. I jumped out to confront them, only to discover the car was doing it all by itself. :) Never occurred to me to be frightened.

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    1. LOL! The first time we felt one here in Kansas was a few years ago. Richard and I were watching the news when we felt it. Darian came tearing out of his bedroom saying, "someone is in there shaking my bed." Took us awhile to convince him it was an earthquake and not a monster in his room. And I think it was only a 3.1.

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  9. That would be scary since you don't live where there are normally earthquakes! Experienced quite a few in Southern California. You could sometimes predict "earthquake weather" Warm when it wasn't supposed to be. Its a jolting experience, especially being in a 9 story building which I worked in at one time during our times in Southern California. But I have to say, I rather be somewhere with earthquakes than a hurricane or tornadoes. Those scare me.

    betty

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    1. WOW! Being on the 9th floor would probably really make things scary!

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  10. Hi Paula - glad all is well though .. but it must have been disturbing to say the least. I've felt earth movements in the mines under Johannesburg .. but nothing like this ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Anytime the ground is moving is unsettling!

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  11. With my puppy, Rico, having sleep issues, the sofa sounds like something I might try.
    I have never had an earthquake experience. Hurricanes are more likely here in NJ.

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    1. I love sofa sleeping. I am sorry Rico is still having sleep issues. And, yes, a hurricane would be scary too!

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  12. We have had some in Ohio. Years ago when I was at work the whole building shook. A very uneasy feeling for sure. Thankfully you didn't have any damage.

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    1. I am thankful for no damage here. They are starting to find damage in Wichita!

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  13. Sounds scary so good to know all is well.

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  14. I'm glad you're ok! That must have been pretty scary! I have never felt an earthquake living in MI all of my life, but we have had the occasional tremor from distance ones. The most recent being last year we felt a tremor from an earthquake in Ohio.

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    1. We had never felt any here in Kansas until about 3-4 years ago Jeanette!

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  15. There was a small one in Michigan years ago that I felt. Not enough to make anything tumble.

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  16. Nope never felt one, not so sure I want to either. I wonder if there will be aftershocks:)

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    1. This earthquake's epicenter was in Oklahoma. They have been feeling aftershocks. I haven't felt any!

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  17. About 30 years ago we had an earthquake here in Michigan. My mom and I were shopping. She said "what is that?" I had no idea what she was talking about...I felt nothing....strange.

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    1. Isn't it funny how some people feel them and some don't. I don't think you would have missed this one!

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  18. We had a similar event a few years ago in Maryland - which is also not known for earthquakes. They happen so fast without warning. Very unsettling as I remember.

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    1. I think it is the "no warning" that makes is so unsettling!

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