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Friday, April 18, 2008 |
( 4/18/2008 05:26:00 PM ) Bill S.
IN SENSURROUND! So my old Central Illinois stomping grounds experienced a 5.2 earthquake thanx to the New Madrid fault today. I remember a decent-sized quake hitting the region back when I was in college at Illinois State: I was living on the 8th floor of Wright Hall, and I was wakened by the 5.3 quake. I remember the feeling of the buildings swaying, and in my half-drowsy/half hungover state (this was my first year away from home, after all) thinking that the winds were really shaking the building pretty good. It was only later that I learned that we'd experienced an event that West Coast residents would've probably shrugged off as just another plate rattler.
Reading of today's quake - and thinking about the Midwest winter we missed this year - I'm tempted to write that it looks like we got outta Illinois at the right time. But I know every region has its risks. I'm told, for example, that Safford AZ's hot springs hint at the possibility of volcanic action some day in the future. And there are some who claim that the area's big mountain, Mt. Graham, isn't a mountain at all but a dormant volcano. But perhaps that just apolocalyptic wishful thinking.
In any event, I couldn't help wondering how our old house back in Normal IL did today. Still haven't fully let got of the place, I guess . . .