I found a news item about it:
Doug Dupont of Belvidere, Illinois, about 70 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, said the quake shook him out of bed and caused a 1-foot-long crack in the wall of his kitchen.Huh.
Rex Covington, who lives about five miles west of Elgin, Illinois, told CNN affiliate WGN that the tremor lasted five or six seconds -- and also shook him out of bed.
"I was sleeping and the whole bed was shaking, it was that violent," Covington said.
"The whole house shook," Walter Mockus of St. Charles, Illinois, told WGN. "The chimes that hang were all ringing. It was so loud, I thought a plane had gone down."
I didn't even notice.
Maybe I wasn't bothered because I'm so used to the dogs jumping around all night that I've built up a tolerance to shaking furniture.
Okay, so I slept through an earthquake. Here's what I *did* notice this morning when I got up to let the dogs out.
A snow-shovelling angel visited my house.
My neighbor's name is Angel, and he shoveled eight (maybe ten) inches of snow off of my really loooong, uphill driveway last night. Or, early this morning. Possibly while there was an earthquake going on.
I had planned on doing it myself today. Honest... I had every intention of doing it this morning. The only reason I didn't do it yesterday is because I was waiting for it to stop snowing. (I hate doing it twice...) But, Angel beat me to it.
An earthquake and surprise snow removal. It's been quite a morning.
© Jana Ogletree 2010