Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Well, my new web snapshot toolbar thingy does work, but this seems to be as big as I can get it (that's what he said).

So what the hell is this, you ask? This is my OCD, let me show it to you.

A couple of years ago we had an earthquake in Southern Illinois. It was awesome! It was like 5 in the morning and it woke everybody in the house. We live right next to a train crossing so we all are able to sleep through a certain amount of racket. But every single one of us knew that this was not a normal train sound. It was similar, but bigger. (That's what he said). And longer. (That's what he said). We all got up and turned on the news and sure enough, about 10 minutes later that was all Beth and Mike and John Champion (isn't that the coolest weatherman name ever?) were talking about. (And I miss Beth Bradley; I googled her and some message board said she was sleeping with the sports guy that left to go to Indy and she went with him).

We had an aftershock about 10 in the morning and as soon as I realized it, I got up and tried to run outside but it didn't last long enough. I was so disappointed. And thus my obsession with earthquakes began.

I spent way too much time that day on the USGS website. I signed up for email alerts of earthquakes in this area and my inbox has been flooded (that's what she said?) with emails every week. Earlier this year I noticed a lot of activity going on in the NE corner of Arkansas, so on March 1 I started saving every email I got about that area. Since March 1 I have had 195 emails about earthquakes there. Isn't that awesome? They are so lucky. I did some research on it and this phenomenon is called an earthquake swarm and is not at all uncommon, especially in this area. But they think that natural gas drilling in the area is impacting the swarm. They are trying to determine how exactly. It has something to do with frakking (doesn't it always?).


Ella said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, it is fascinating and scary! I remember my first one. I was a teenager in Maine. My brother was still in bed and he hollered, "Are we having an earthquake?"
I hollered back "NO, go back to sleep you are dreaming?". He was right~

The way the world is today...there will be a lot more stirrings. I think the plates are shifting big time~

Beth Zimmerman said...[Reply to comment]

Who said what? We live right dead center in tornado alley and my hubby is forever going outside to try to get a better view! LOL!

Sylvia Ney said...[Reply to comment]

I'm originally from California and now I live in Texas. Earthquakes are one thing I do NOT miss! I stopped by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

~Claire~ said...[Reply to comment]

Found you via the A to Z Challenge, and sure glad I did, because you are hilarious woman!!! Look forward to reading more!!

Misha said...[Reply to comment]


I was in an earthquake, but was too small to remember.

I wonder how the frakking affects seismic activity.

Debora said...[Reply to comment]

Interesting obsession. I lived in California for seven years and after the first few the fascination wears thin... I don't not miss them! :)

Stopped by from the A to Z blogger challenge.

Eliza Keating said...[Reply to comment]

I cant imagine what this must be like.....but a great post and a great blog too...ELiza Keating