about 1:00 am, all of a sudden the walls started to shake, (i was using blender) everything started to rumble. It was about 4.8 on the richter scale. My parents who came from India said they had it a lot worse(some years ago). I knew a lot of the americans are probably laughing cus 4,8’s nothing compared to what u have, its the first ive had!!! N e 1 else experience it
There was an earthquake? That’s weird, I usually hear about these things (my dad is a seismologist).
Does he work for the USGS?
i was in the one last october at melton mowbray (only a 4.2 to your 4.8, and i was a couple of miles away from the epicenter) and i remember thinking a damn big truck had gone passed, except i hadn’t heard anything. dead wierd.
Thing is this kinda stuff dont happen that much in the UK.
Its quite shocking for your first experience, and I wasnt that far from the epicenter!!!
Actually small quakes like this, though not always felt by people, are happening all the time due to the constant motion of the earth’s tectonic plates.
Well, small earthquackes like this (4,8 Richter scale…) happen often here in Greece…
To give an example, there was such an earthquake in Turkey, a few years ago with really devastating resaults. That Earthquake energized a tectonic gap under Aegean sea, which caused a similar quake in Greece a few days after, which proved enough to demolish several old buildings and kill a lot of people…
I am used to Earthquakes… I don’t fear them (I have to live with them…), but I respect that devastating power of nature!!!
rav_bhara, I hope everybudy is safe there :-?
We got woken up by it. Wondered what the hell was going on, looked out of the window, couldn’t see anything (mainly because it was dark), and then went back to sleep.
I was half asleep at the time, so I didn’t really notice what effect it had - I was just vaguely aware of some rumbling.
I was somewhat dissapointed… lived in Guam for 18 months, and northern Japan for 4 months, never felt a “big one”.
Everything happened in Guam Just before we got there. In the 12 months before we got there they had Typhoon Omar (cat 5 storm), and an 8.4 earthquake, I believe it’s still the biggest one ever recorded. The whole time in Guam I only felt one, and barely… it was a 5.something, but I think it was a bit far away, or deep, not sure. Actually, I didn’t feel it… only noticed it because it made the tall, cheap computer desk sway back an forth a little. It killed two guys working for my dad though. They were being stupid, and diving an old WWII wreck in the harbor. No training, no proper equipment. The quake kicked up sediment in the ship. They couldn’t see to find their way out, and drown. My dad had to identify the bodied, and we never went diving again after that.
I felt a few in Japan, but they were barely noticeable. At the time, I was sleeping on a futon on the floor, and on occassion I’d feel some very weak ones. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, but very slow and rolling. I’d describe it almost like being in a hammock, and lightly swaying back and forth.
Lived near Memphis, TN for 4 years too. Didn’t feel a thing, but I don’t know how many times I was told about the New Madrid fault, and the massive earthquake (I think 1804… maybe 1811… could be off though). So big the Mississippi River flowed backward, and it also created Reelfoot Lake.
I slept right through it
Though I’m near London and I don’t think it was very noticeable here.