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.