I was wanting to scrape another section of yard in order to start another garden spot, but it’s really soggy out there after the storm last night. It was a doozy too. I love thunderstorms, especially at night when you can see the lightning flash across the sky. But like most storms, strong winds came with it, and that I don’t so much like. I’m paranoid of tornados. If there’s a storm coming, I’ve got the real-time radar on my laptop on until it’s over.
As if a nasty thunderstorm weren’t enough, I felt my first earthquake last night. I was up late (watching the radar map) and around 11 o’clock I heard rattling & felt the house shake. I kind’a sat there for a second or two then got up to see what was making noise. I have a wall-mounted clock that has three glass shelves inside for knick-knacks and they were rattling. I just sat there staring at them thinking, what the heak? I put my hand on the wall & felt it vibrating. Then my heart dropped as I thought it was a tornado’s first blast at the house. But there was no wind; the storm was still about an hour away (I just love that radar website!). After a minute I put two & two together and figured it was an earthquake. Checked the usgs.gov website & confirmed my suspicion. A 4.7 quake hit central Arkansas, with several other aftershocks. Guess there’s a fault down there that’s been pretty active lately. Nothing big enough to do much damage, but still kind’a freaky. Last night’s quake was the largest since 1969. I figured if we ever felt earthquake tremors, it would be from The New Madrid Fault. But alas, I now have two fault lines that are within my home range. Something new to worry about.
I wonder how many people called their insurance companies today to see if they were covered for earthquake damage. I know earthquake insurance was an “adder” for our homeowner’s policy, and we don’t have it.
Maybe I’ll call our insurance company in a few days (after the initial flood of calls subside) to see what it would cost. You know, just because I’m curious.
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