Earthquake!!! (4-19-08)

Yesterday morning (Friday 8-18-08) at 5:30 I was still in bed (obviously since I rarely get out of bed before 9AM).
At about 5:30 my neighbor’s dog started barking which woke me up.  Then my dog started barking and things started rattling, like my closet door, which rattled on its hinges.  The water in my waterbed started sloshing around a bit (yea, I’m still stuck in the 70’s… been sleeping in a waterbed for 30 years).  I considered the possibility of an earthquake, but I had more important matters on my mind… getting back to sleep.
When I finally got up at 9 AM, I checked the headlines online and found out it really was an earthquake.
Earthquakes somewhat rare in the Ohio Valley, and certainly nothing like the west coast, Alaska, Japan or other parts of the pacific ‘rim of fire’.  But we do have minor earthquakes with some regularity.  The Friday quake registered  5.2 on the Dewey Decimal System, with a 4.5 aftershock at 11:10 or so.
This was not the “Big One” they have been predicting for the New Madrid fault for years… In fact it wasn’t even the New Madrid fault this time. History buffs may know that the New Madrid fault produced four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, with magnitudes estimated to be greater than 7.0 on the Richter scale, all occurring within a 3 month period between late 1811 and early 1812. The Mississippi river course changed by 5 miles and it actually flowed northward/backward for a time.  Accurate measurements of earthquakes were impossible in the early 19th century, but the Feb 17, 1812 quake would most like be rated above an 8.0 (some scientists say it could have been near 9.0).  If this quake occurred in modern times, Evansville, Paducah, Memphis, Cape Girardeau, and even St Louis would sustain catastrophic damage, and Indianapolis would have major damage and loss of life.
However, studies indicate this unstable mass only results in earthquakes every 300-500 years, and the last “major” activity was in 1812, so we aren’t due until 2111 or so, except we all know mother nature doesn’t follow patterns.
When I got to the radio station at 9AM on Friday, I was talking to Chris Fox, Sara Beth and Brittany Gray. They were actually on the air at 5:30 AM, with the microphones on, chatting away. The countertops, which hold the control board and computer monitors, keyboards and CD players isn’t secured very well and I believe they all thought someone was bouncing it around.  Eventually they knew something weird was going on.  Even though they hadn’t considered an earthquake in the early seconds, you might say you heard it “live” on QMIX as they tried to figure out what was going on.  Nikki G took a few days off, and Sara Beth filled in.  I was thinking that wherever Nikki G is, she has to feel bad that she missed an historic event, and the chance to do an entire morning show with virtually no prep (research into what kind of things they are going to talk about).  The entire morning show itinerary was set by 5:30AM, and the phones rang off the hook.
I wonder how many times radio stations played Carol King’s “I Feel The Earth Move, Under My Feet”?
Speaking of the Ohio Valley being a hotbed for mother nature’s frivolity… remember this date and write it down:
Monday – August 21, 2017.
Just over 9 years from now a once in a lifetime event will occur in the Ohio Valley, more specifically just northwest of Hopkinsville Kentucky.  I already tried to make hotel reservations, but I’m going to save that for another blog.  In other words, “keep listening for details”.

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