What a Way to Wake Up

@carolbee (16241)
United States
April 18, 2008 6:19am CST
Was sound asleep this morning and couldn't figure out how the bed was shaking or why. Thought our daughter dropped her dog off at our house and the dog was jumping on the side of the bed trying to wake me. It was an earthquake that shook the St. Louis area much earlier this morning. Our house seems to be ok but some places in the area are feeling the effects. We are about 127 miles from the center of the earthquake. Did you feel the earthquake this morning, have any damage and did it wake you or your family?
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I live in Nebraska where we really don't get earthquakes. I guess we have had some very very small ones but we are not on a fault line or anything. Happy to hear that you house is ok. That would be quite a different way to wake up to your bed shaking!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Even though the fault line is in Missouri, we don't have earthquakes regularly. I didn't know what was happening at the time. It was quite strong. Thanks for responding.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I heard about the quake. It seems so odd that they can happen in the midwest. After hearing about this one, I did some earthquake research and found out that they even happen in Minnesota! Although we haven't had one since 1968, so it's extremely rare here. Glad you are ok!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
26 Apr 08
The last big quake we felt was in 1968. I really don't remember it or where I was, which is unusual. The recent quake was interesting and glad nobody in our area was hurt. Thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I am glad you are okay! I bet it was frightening! I would have been scared spitless! We heard about it here but didn't feel anything! But very very glad you are okay and so is your house!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
26 Apr 08
It was a bit spooky. The bed was shaking what seemed like forever but nothing was broken or moved around. Thanks for responding.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I think this earthquake was significant, carolbee, in that it had such far-reaching effects. I was surprised to learn that the epicenter was so far away from where I live given the amount of vibration I felt. I have to ask myself if this is a sign of things to come. To my knowledge earthquakes have never been common to this particular area of the United States.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
The New Madrid Fault is not in our immediate area but is in Missouri. We've had small quakes in the past several years but nothing like this in 40 years. It was a rude awakening this morning! We've also had between 7 and 9 aftershocks today. Thanks for responding.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Oh my gosh! You are right--what a way to wake up! I hope everything is ok there and you don't have any damage. That's scary!!
@kareng (7980)
• United States
18 Apr 08
That's good news!
• United States
20 Apr 08
I live in Oshkosh Wi.(Yes, Johnny Depp just left here April 18th.after filming Public Enemies). I personally didn't feel it but people as far up as Green Bay said they did. One of which is a weather man.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I can't remember how many states felt the quake. It's been 40 yrs. since we had a quake of that magnitude in the St. Louis area. Thanks for responding.
@gemini_rose (16194)
18 Apr 08
Well I am glad that it was not a bad one and that there was no damage, I am thinking that I would probably not feel it or wake up, the last one that we had in UK was quite strong and everyone was talking about it and how it had woken them up, me and my hubby slept right through it and never felt a thing! I would have been scared though if I had have been woken up by it, I mean it is so confusing anyway when you first wake up and then not knowing what is going on, I would have been running upstairs to the kids!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I was confused and didn't understand what was happening. Neither the dog or cat alerted us so guess they didn't know something was going to happen. Thanks for responding.
@itsmepinky (1301)
• India
18 Apr 08
OMG. That must have shaken you terribly. I saw it in the news some time back. I am happy nothing happened to u and nothing has damaged at your place.take care. ~Pinks~
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
We've also had between 7 and 9 aftershocks but I didn't feel them. Must have been small. I really didn't understand what was happening since I was sound asleep. Thanks for responding.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I am in Missouri but did not feel the earthquake.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
We are in St. Louis and it was really felt here this morning around 4:35am. Maybe it depends on where you live. Thanks for responding.
@jason_co (408)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
Try taking a bath before yougo to sleep. This allows you to relax. And sleep early. Used your cellular phone for the alarm.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
The strong shaking woke me this morning. This happened at 4:35 this morning and I am not usually up that early. Thanks for responding.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Wow! Glad to hear you weren't hurt or anything from the earthquake. I live clear over here by IN so, no, I didn't feel any effects from it.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Supposedly the quake originated near the border of Indiana and Illinois. That information was changed to Mt. Carmel, Illinois. All I know is we sure felt it. Thanks for responding.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
18 Apr 08
Hello dear carolbee. It is nice of your dog trying to wake you up from the shaking the earthquake. You know, dogs are very nice friends of us humans. I am very glad that you are safe from the earthquake without getting hurt, which is very relieved. Stay safe, friend.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Actually our animals slept through it. It was quite an experience. Everyone I talked to was scared because it was rather strong. Thanks for responding.
@minnie_98214 (10573)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Nothing here in Minnesota but hearing all about it on thwe news of course. Glad to hear there was no damage for you. The news is making it sound like no big deal for anyone but im sure later damange stories will come out.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
The news here is also making the quake sound like it was pretty much nothing. I don't think there were injuries and very little structural damage. We were lucky. Thanks for responding.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
18 Apr 08
As I was reading this I also saw on TV about it. I bet that was a rude awakening, it would have scared me. So glad that all is well at your house and I hope everyone that had the effects of it are ok as well.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
It was a different way to wake up! Not much damage anywhere is my understanding. We've had aftershocks but I didn't feel any of them. Thanks for responding.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Wow Im so glad your okay. No we didnt have any earthquakes here in NJ and never do.LOL Your right what a way to wake up!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Glad to hear your area is ok. Our property is fine. We had a few aftershocks and then the rain started. Has been raining all day. Thanks for responding.