Possible Earthquake Damage in Urbana, Illinois

April 23rd, 2008 by k8gu Leave a reply »

Earthquake damage in Urbana

Ok, so this is late news. Twice on Friday and again on Sunday night, Illinois was hit with a magnitude 5.2, and two magnitude 4.0ish earthquakes. I was awake when the big one rattled the house at 4:37 on Friday morning. Sarah slept through it and only half believed me when I told her at 6:00 that there had been an earthquake. “Check CNN,” she said after I produced the evidence. CNN had continuous loop of some bricks that had fallen from a building somewhere in KY.

On the way to the office, I noticed on our street that a garbage can had been tipped over. “Earthquake damage, ” I thought with a chuckle. Later, it occurred to me that I should have snapped a picture of the scene and sent it to CNN’s iReport. Following Sunday night’s aftershock, I snapped a picture of the still horizontal garbage can on my Monday commute. As if the neighbors don’t think I’m weird enough already with all of the antennas!

So, for your pleasure, I’ve included this picture of possible earthquake damage. On the other hand, it could have been procyonidae lotor (somewhat doubtful given that there’s no avalanche of rubbish pouring out of it), a stiff breeze, or intoxicated youth. But, CNN would have never known!  On the other hand, the Onion pays good money for stuff like this.  Sometimes, the difference is subtle…