I woke up this morning at about 5:30-ish to a sound. I thought it was my cat scratching on the floor, but then I realized my bed was shaking! I then understood that the sound was my stuff rattling!
Here’s the article from today’s Indianapolis Star:
Earthquake rattles Indiana this morning
Star and wire service report
Posted: April 18, 2008
No damage has been reported in Indiana after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck the Midwest this morning.
Police dispatchers and the National Weather Service said they received numerous calls from people who felt their homes moving at 5:37 a.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey Web site said the quake was centered near West Salem, Ill., or about 40 miles northwest of Evansville, Ind.
Authorities in Evansville, Vincennes and Terre Haute said they received no reports of damage or injuries.
“The things on my curio were rattling and the water in the fish bowl was splashing,” said Seymour waitress Kelly Bolte. “It felt like the dog was running through the house.”
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Todd Ringle of the Evansville post said he was shaken out of his bed by the earthquake.
Another Evansville resident said he felt a rolling motion from the earthquake.
The earthquake was felt as far away as South Bend and Fort Wayne in Indiana. It shook tall buildings and rattled windows in Downtown Indianapolis.
Dispatchers told Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers to check tall buildings, bridges and electrical substations for damage.
Professor Michael Hamburger of Indiana University’s Department of Geological Sciences, said it was the strongest quake in the area since one of a similar magnitude near Carbondale, Ill., in 1968.
“What we’re seeing today is fairly typical in this area. It seems like we get earthquakes about this size every 15 years,” Hamburger told WTHR (Channel 13)