Dateline, Tellico Plains, TN, 12-12-2018

I was jolted awake this morning about 4:12 A.M. Don't know whether it was by the sound of objects rattling in my bedroom, or by the fact that my bedroom itself was actually shaking – that's right, my bedroom was shaking ... which I quickly intuited meant my whole house was shaking … which meant the ground itself had to be shaking.

At first, I thought it was maybe a bad dream; but no, I was wide awake and hearing things rattling and feeling my bedroom undulate. Needless to say, I was more than a little shook up, mentally even more than physically. Could I be experiencing an earthquake? Yup.

Turns out I live in an area that is highly susceptible to earthquakes.

Notice the hot pink area circled in the above map – that is Tellico Plains.

Fortunately, the earthquake that hit last night registered only 3.0 or so. But if that one was only 3.0, I sure don't want to experience a 7.0, let alone a 9.0, like the one that hit Fukushima, Japan.

Curiously, this was the second time in about a week that my house was shaking. The earlier episode occurred when some sort of gigantic helicopter rumbled loudly, slowly and low over the house.

Is it possible the two events are somehow connected? I'm no seismologist, but to my cluttered and untutored mind, it seems possible that one earth-shaking event could conceivably precipitate another.

Am I nuts? Ah, that's a question for another time.

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 12, 2018 at 9:22pm

I was once at work in Silver Spring, MD, when my wife called to report an earthquake in Columbia, MD, where we lived at the time, maybe half an hour up the road. My father, with whom I worked, and I didn’t feel a thing. But then I learned about aftershocks. We had one while I was home. I was watching TV at the time when the couch I was sitting on suddenly goosed me. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 12, 2018 at 10:10pm

KS 'Tis a veeeeeeery rude awakening, and .a veeeeeeery discomforting feeling, I must say.

Comment by moki ikom on December 13, 2018 at 1:09am

Every action has finite amount of units of something/aka energy~mass  which precipitated/caused it... "the straw that broke the camel's back",, if the helicopter sound(noise)/energy wasn't the last straw setting off the quake, maybe it was that next to last step you took vibrating the floor on your way to the window to look at the helicopter.  Seismic waves 'bounce' from one side of planet to other and back over and over,, sometimes with compounding resonance... though for the past seventy years one shouldn't automatically discount the notion that one's govt/military is testing explosives underground with only a few having a clew as to what really caused the subterranean distrurbance.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 13, 2018 at 6:33am

I'm unable in the early hours to remember a source, but I have read that these have been predicted to be on the way in areas where fracking occurs. Any such rumors or activity nearby ?

Note: Only fill the nightstand water glass halfway.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 7:09am

I was up when that happened.  I was sitting at the computer and started hearing things rattling.  I at first thought maybe it was my wife coming down the hall, but then realized there were no "footfall" sounds, and it rose and fell in a crescendo, decrescendo manner.  We are probably on the same fault. I read that it was 4.4 at the epicenter, somewhere in Tennessee, but was felt as far south as Decatur, Georgia, a couple of hours drive south of here.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 7:24am

Memphis sits on the New Madrid fault, and in the four years that we lived there, there were several small earthquakes.  There was usually a new crack in the plaster ceiling of our bedroom after one of those.

Tom, also, I'm not very good at a lot of things, but I shake a mean martini. That is the only way.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 7:37am

Moki  Sounds like you're a believer in the Butterfly Effect, that is the notion that a butterfly flapping its wings off the coast of west Africa precipitates the hurricane that devastates Florida. Who knows? Could be. One thing is certain: Nature and natural events are infinitely complex.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 7:41am

AKA  True dat, about fracking and quakes, a sharp increase in minor quakes in areas of Oklahoma and Ohio that had never known quakes before fracking began. Frankly, the connection seems completely logical to me. Don't know about fracking, in the area, but mountain-top mining and giant sludge ponds are a fact of life not too far to the North.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 7:43am

RR My 3.0 number came from a local news station website, and who can trust Fake News? I have no basis for comparison, but the way my house was rocking certainly felt more like 4.4 than 3.0.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 7:49am

RR  You can bet another New Madrid major quake on the scale of the previous one would have a far more devastating effect, what with much larger population and loose building standards. And we are probably overdue for one.

Summary of 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Sequence

"The first principal earthquake, M7.5, occurred at about 2:15 am (local time) in northeast Arkansas on December 16, 1811. The second principal shock, M7.3, occurred in Missouri on January 23, 1812, and the third, M7.5, on February 7, 1812, along the Reelfoot fault in Missouri and Tennessee."


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