Did you feel that? Readers tell their earthquake stories

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 5:58 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — The 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Midwest on Friday morning had several residents questioning what happened, but so far no reports of damages or injuries in mid-Missouri have been reported.

The Missourian has received a number of e-mails from readers across the nation this morning. Here is what readers are saying about it:

"I woke up last night and had no clue what was going on. My bed kept shaking back and forth and I couldn't figure out why. I thought maybe the neighbors were having a party or people were in the basement doing something weird (since my room is above the basement) but nothing was going on. I was so confused. When I woke up this morning I couldn't figure out if it was a dream or not. I've called people all morning trying to see if anyone else woke up and no one believes me. There really was an earthquake, right?"

— Erin Power, MU student

"Woke up to a shaking bed, checked neighbors lights (none), our sleeping dogs, brought in paper, let the cat out and went back to bed."

— Richard C. Hayden of Bloomington, Ill., said via e-mail

"I live in Columbus, Ind., about 40 miles south of Indianapolis and it woke me up! At 5:39 a.m. (EDT) I felt my bed shaking and heard a howling sound, like a very strong wind or tornado. I actually felt my bed move for several seconds. And our closed doors rattled quite loudly. We definitely felt it!"

— Sheila Thompson, Columbus, Ind., via e-mail.

"It woke me up and I couldn't figure out what the people in the apartment below me were doing that it was shaking the walls and my bed. I'd decided I dreamed it by the time I woke up for real."

— Megan Kinkade, a copy editor and designer for the Missourian, via e-mail.

"I wondered what was going on; thought my mobile home was shifting on its blocks."

— Connie Cashion of Holts Summit, via e-mail

"I was awake before the quake and was reading in bed. At 4:38 a.m. my bed began to move around on the 'old' hardwood floors. The wood was snapping, not loudly, but enough that I knew it was a quake. I couldn't wait to get up and check the news to confirm what I felt."

— Mona Cenatiempo, via e-mail

Other readers who e-mailed the Missourian reported they felt the quake in Columbia and Glasgow. Rhonda Durrett, a reader from Madison, Ala., who said her daughter attends school at MU, said she felt the quake there. Madison, located in northern Alabama, is about 327 miles from the epicenter, according to Google Maps.

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Kelly Corrigan April 18, 2008 | 3:31 p.m.

I woke up this morning to my house sort of swaying and my bed rocking - I grew up in Los Angeles and have experienced many quakes and aftershocks, the most frightening one being the 6.7 Northridge quake.

So this morning, I sat up out of bed, grabbed my shoes, threw on a jacket, and stood in a doorway. This didn't feel like the kind of slow, rolling quakes that come and go. But standing there, I thought, how can this be, I'm standing in a doorway because of an earthquake in the midwest? I thought, no, this is crazy, it must have been a dream or maybe my neighbors? I went back to bed, thought of texting my friends to see if they felt anything, then talked myself out of it...earthquakes don't happen in the must be this old house, or the wind?

Later today I learned through my friend C.J., a fellow Missourian reporter, that she couldn't make it to lunch today because she was covering the earthquake. Ah. I'm not crazy. Just one more pre-conceived notion about midwest to cross off my list.

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Robert Barnhart April 18, 2008 | 8:01 p.m.

I was awake at the time this happened but I thought it was some rolling thunder, once the the rumble lasted more than any other thunder clap had before I thought maybe there was a jet aircraft in the area.

Nothing shook or rattled and I did not feel any vibrations, guess this 13 year old apartment is more solid than I give it credit.

Just west of Lake of the Woods.

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