Friday, April 18, 2008

Did the earth move for you, too?

The Great Indiana Earthquake of 2008, and I slept right through it.

I've looked outside, but there's no zombie activity to report. I fear the whole thing is a wet firecracker and not, in fact, The End Of The World As We Know It. Besides, I'm pretty sure that TEOTWAWKI would involve an interruption of broadband intarw3bz connectivity.


(Coincidentally, it's 106 102 [D'oh! Thanks, Mark!] years to the day since the Great Quake of '06 in San Francisco. They did lose broadband connectivity on that one, and possibly had some zombies.)

27 comments:

Alan said...

If you have to ask, it wasn't the end of the world.

red said...

The morning news shows are all worked up over the 30 seconds of shaking. I heard pictures rattling but figured it was the cat and dog being rowdy.


Depending on how close you live to Broad Ripple Ave, you can zombies every Thursday-Saturday night around 2am.

Tam said...

I nearly ran over a couple while scootering home from the rib joint last night.

Roberta X said...

Ahh, the scootering! The zombies!

...That was what caused the earthquake: I wheedled Tam into riding a 50cc, automatic transmission Chinese import scooter last night, in her Speed Racer leathers and full-face helmet 'cos that's what she's got for riding togs, and the planet was tryin' t'shrug the awful inappropriateness of it away.

The Duck said...

I was up & still missed it!
Lady D said the inside cats didn't react, but the outside cats were acting strangely, ah well it will give the media something besides Britney to talk about

Mark Alger said...

Jeeze! YOU slept through an earthquake. (They're trying to pretend you could feel it here in Nasti; me, I have my doubts.)

That aside, it appears **I** slept through four whole years.

I mean, it is 2012, right?

::very subtle grin::

M

Anonymous said...

I love the news numpties and earthquakes in the midwest...oooohh rare... not a part of the country that experiences....

Yeah, we're not talking California here, but "New Madrid" anyone?

Nevermind the geological evidence of even bigger ancient earthquakes (the Mississipi changing beds by significant distances for 100's of miles.)

Tam said...

"::very subtle grin::"

I'm horrible with my tootems and gazintas.

Farmer Frank said...

It not only woke me up, but now I have a whole bunch of 50 rd. boxes of ammo to restack out in the garage and the reloading shack.

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Tam said...

The bummer for me is that I'm usually up and making coffee and feeding cats by then, but last night was a late one and I slept through the first round of alarums here this morning. :(

BobG said...

"They did lose broadband connectivity on that one, and possibly had some zombies."

And they've been running the government in California since.

jimbob86 said...

"Did the earth move for you...?"

Yep.... but that was marital in nature....


Oh, and a pet peeve of mine:


"The U.S. Geologic Survey reports that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 has struck the midwest."

-Further anecdotal evidence of the geographical ignorance and NYFC-centric attitudes of geographers and newswriters.... effin' Coasties... The Illinois/Indiana border isn't west of either the geographical or population midpoint of the United States ..... so how is it the "Midwest"? It's not in the middle part of the West. Or the western part of the middle. I guess Mid-East and Middle-East were aready taken.... just sayin....

Tam said...

Midwest is a traditional term that encompasses the big flat space between the western edge of Ohio and the eastern edge of Colorado. Generally the parts of America that are drained by the Mississippi but that never flew the Stars & Bars.

Tam said...

To wit: If the dirt is black, there are no hippies in sight, and nobody says "y'all", you're probably in the Midwest.

B&N said...

"the big flat space between the western edge of Ohio and the eastern edge of Colorado."

I don't disagree, but I know a bunch of people who'll throw ALL of Ohio and most of Pennsylvania in there too.

Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Middle West is like middle east,

Lebanon/Israel are not the middle east, they are the *near* east. North Africa incl Egypt are not the middle east either.

Amusingly, the the Far East seems to not include the Indian sub continent, Afghanistan. So there's a gap there: the "Not quite so Far East"?

A similar thing happens to the ignorant about Mid-west.

AKA "Fly over country"

Mark Alger said...

Yebbut, a lot of people in Ohio say "y'all." Particularly if they're from "down home."

M

B&N said...

Had an aftershock in downtown KC about and hour ago.

Being inside a 120 year-old load-bearing masonry building, I was more than a little put off when she rolled through.

HTRN said...

The brain eating undead are connected to Earthquakes?

That would explain much about California.

amcz said...

I grew up in California: Midwest, by my thinking, always referred to the area west of the Mississippi River, but east of the Idaho Rockies, and north of Texas.

I guess I thought of it as the area of the Missouri River or the Great Plains.

So, in my book, the Great Lakes Region is not part of the Midwest.

Rick R said...

Tam,
Speaking of zombies, have you read Monster Hunter International yet?

If not let me know and I'll send you my spare copy.

Rick

Word Verification: hrawcs

Farmer Frank said...

I like Tam's "...if the dirt is black..." definition, pretty much says it all.

As for someone even suggesting the Great Lakes states are NOT the Midwest, I am astonished at such obvoidance of the obvious.

All The Best,
Frank W. James

fuzzys dad said...

I slept through it also.Did not have a clue it happened.

Larry said...

Yet more evidence of Global Warming, strike that, "Climate Change".

Will said...

After a few, one gets a bit blas'e. I figure as long as I can stand upright, and nothing is falling on me, nothing to get excited about. Around 1980, working in Sunnyvale in a warehouse, I decided to go outside since I couldn't hit the keys on my computer terminal, due to it moving around. Got outside, and watched as waves in the blacktop parking lot marched from one end to the other! Had some cracks in the walls from it. One of the women got home after work to find her husband packing to leave. And he did! Moved back to Missouri, I think. About where the big one in 1811? hit! This was a guy that was a national level flattrack racer. Thought nothing of sticking his foot down on a mile oval dirt track at 120+mph and pitching it sideways for the corners. Odd how he could handle that, but not the ground shaking.

Cybrludite said...

Tell you what, Jimbob86. We'll just call it the Old Northwest & leave it at that. ;-P

Anonymous said...

Just remember, basic rock physics tells you that if it is much less then magnitude 8.0 then it is moving along an old fault.

Not much drama here folks, just some adjustment of the state of stress in the continent.

I am sure the Zoback's will update their papers on it with the new data and come up with an adjusted stress model.

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/213/4503/96

Dang, that was over 25 years ago for that paper? Time sure flys. That was hot stuff when it came out.