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Subject: Re: Did I feel it???
From: Mark Robinson mark.robinson@...............
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 07:05:15 +1200

tchannel1@............ wrote:
> This is a new story:   My wife Linda (IMMG Museum) came upstairs from 
> our basement last night and said she was sure she felt the earth move!  
> I was standing in front of the fridge, looking at the last two 
> cupcakes,  "Should I eat the two cupcakes, or have some nice carrots?  
> Let's see, if I choose the cupcakes, I could eat just one, at 250 
> calories=30 mins on the treadmill, or I could eat 20 carrots, and save 
> that 30 mins?"  Just as I was pouring a glass of milk to go with the two 
> cupcakes, she grabbed my arm, nearly spilling my milk, and 
> proclaimed, "I just felt what I thought was an earthquake!"
> Here it is in her own words:
> But first, the timeline, and these are fairly accurate and true:
> 01:12:00 Linda felt the earth move.
> 01:12:15 Linda got up and walked up to the helicorder and noted the 
> time, but saw no earthquake signal.
> 01:14:00 Linda walked upstairs to tell me.
> 01:16:12 I put down my cupcakes and walked downstairs and saw the 
> earthquake begin; about 12 seconds of the signal were already traced on 
> the screen.
> 01:16:01 The P wave arrived in Boise Idaho.
> Linda writing:  "I was sitting on the couch in the basement when I felt 
> ever so slightly lightheaded and the couch felt as if the ground swelled 
> a tiny bit underneath it about 5 or 6 times.  The movement was nearly 
> undetectable (I'm sure if I had been standing or moving around, I would 
> not have felt it), and the ground swells passed at about the same rate 
> as a heartbeat.  I am confident I really felt something because I 
> thought to myself, "Huh, how strange this sensation is . . . I wonder 
> whether that was an earthquake . . . weird, I thought there would be 
> more distance between waves . . . they are actually pretty close 
> together, exactly like ripples spreading out in a pond when a stone is 
> thrown in; it kind of feels like when we used to sit in our sailboat 
> when the wind was quiet and feel the water gently rock the boat." 
> Is there any kind of wave I would have felt before the P wave actually 
> arrived?  Yes, I was awake, not dreaming!
> Linda and Ted

This from the USGS:

DELETED: Event UU 07040118

                      == EVENT DELETED NOTIFICATION ==

***This event has been deleted after review by a seismologist.***

Geographic coordinates:        37.539N, 112.508W
Magnitude:                    1.7
Universal Time (UTC):          4 Jul 2007  01:17:19
Time near the Epicenter:       3 Jul 2007  19:17:19

Location with respect to nearby cities:
   11 km (7 miles) NNW (348 degrees) of Alton, UT
   14 km (9 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of Hatch, UT
   24 km (15 miles) NNE (20 degrees) of Glendale, UT
  162 km (100 miles) ENE (59 degrees) of Mesquite, NV
  284 km (176 miles) ENE (57 degrees) of Las Vegas, NV

Curiouser and curiouser.

I've never felt even the smallest quake which didn't show up on the 
instrumentation and I wouldn't expect to feel a 1.7 unless it was very shallow 
and right here.

Mark Robinson
06 Jul 1932 Kenneth Grahame, author of "The Wind in the Willows", died.
06 Jul 1936 Dave Allen born.
06 Jul 1946 Sylvester Stallone born.
06 Jul 1954 Elvis Presley recorded his first single, "That's all right mama"
             backed with "Blue Moon of Kentucky". It did not chart.
06 Jul 1957 Althea Gibson wins women's title at Wimbledon.
06 Jul 1973 Queen released their first sinlge "Keep yourself alive".
06 Jul 1987 Crowded House meet with Prime Minister David Lange for a chat about
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