Friday, April 18, 2008


We had an earthquake and and aftershocks here in Indiana today. The main quake hit just before 5:37 a.m. EST and was centered six miles from West Salem, Ill. That's about 190 miles from where we live.

We usually get up at 5:00 AM, but we slept in until about 5:45 AM this morning. Mum didn't feel a thing during the quake; and I, nor Gracie or the kitties, made any fuss. So we didn't know anything happened. We worked until about 11:00 or so, Mum had a really long conference call this morning and was exhausted. So after her call we took a little power nap in bed with Mum. Just a few minutes after we all settled in, the bed started shaking and shaking.

Mum looked around, 'cause she thought Gracie or the kitties had jumped up on the bed and all of us where running around, but all she saw was me and Gracie lying there peacefully. We thought she got up and moved around. Then Mum said, "Hey, I think that was an earthquake!" And sure enough it was, an aftershock at 4.6 from this morning's earlier quake of 5.2.

As you may expect earthquakes are a rare occasion in Indiana. Mum only remembers feeling one once before in about 1988, when she lived in downtown Indianapolis. So we all thought it was kind of cool!

Aftershocks are expected for the next several days. I just hope there's not a big one during one of my runs this weekend at the agility trial, BOL!!!

Contrary to popular belief, we didn't feel it coming and we didn't warn Mum. Maybe it was because we didn't feel any danger approaching - a measly 5.2 from 190 miles away doesn't feel dangerous to me. Maybe if we were in the epicenter I would have warned Mum, who's to say?


  1. We're so glad none of you were hurt! We can only imagine how scary it must be!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  2. Oh pooh the dogs and cats are supposed to let the humans know! :) We are in a brick house, on earthquake land... so we'll all crumble and be buried.

  3. Hey Johann,
    We all felt it here. The girls were all acting weird prior to the quake. They were up before 4. I got up after the quake.
    The aftershock scared me to death.
    Everyone here is still a little on edge.

  4. You know Johann, in LA they say there are only quakes on HOT days. They call it "Shake and bake". Was it hot today? That might be why!

  5. Wow! That's really cool and I missed it! By two days no less. If I had a list of things to do in my lifetime living through an earthquake would be on it and here I've gone and ruined that chance. Now I'll probably be in some big huge earthquake and the building will come down around my ears.

  6. Hi Johann,
    Mama and I both thought of you guys when we heard about the earthquake. Glad to hear you weren't too "shaken up." Har, har.
    Murphy Dogg

  7. Whoa.. whoa whoa.. are you in Evansville? Is that why you have it marked on the map? I have a friend who lives in Evansville!

  8. We think earthquakes are fun--kinda like a belly rub from Mother Nature! Woofs, Kharma

  9. Ek! Be sure all you earth quake zone folks have those emergency kits and a bag of extra pet food in case!!!

  10. Phew...glad Indiana didn't get all broken up by the quake.

    I remember that quake in '88!

  11. Although we live in CA, earthquakes in your part of the country make the news even here. Pretty much no one I know has dogs or cats who've ever shown even a tweaked whisker before an earthquake. My first dog barely even noticed *during* an earthquake--during the big Loma Preita quake and aftermath, she'd just lift her head and look annoyed at each aftershock, then go right back to sleep.



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