Monday, March 23, 2009

I feel the earth move under my feet...

Bob was getting ready for bed and I was downstairs on my laptop when I felt the earth shake. I checked around and heard Bob get up doing the same. We had a small earthquake! What is cool is that I got online to see if I could find out something about it and found a website that has a computer generated message. This was just minutes after the quake. Cool.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 3.1
Monday, March 23, 2009 at 05:43:26 UTC
Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 11:43:26 PM at epicenter
37.398°N, 113.175°W
0.2 km (~0.1 mile) (poorly constrained)
15 km (10 miles) S (178°) from Kanarraville, UT
15 km (9 miles) SE (128°) from New Harmony, UT
19 km (12 miles) NNE (31°) from Toquerville, UT
104 km (65 miles) NE (50°) from Mesquite, NV
226 km (140 miles) NE (53°) from Las Vegas, NV
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles); depth +/- 11.2 km (7.0 miles)
NST= 18, Nph= 18, Dmin=24 km, Rmss=0.61 sec, Gp= 58°,M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Event ID
This is a computer-generated message -- this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

If you are interested here is the website:

I was surprised to see how often earthquakes happen in our area. I remember how fascinating my college Geology class was and I guess this was a good reminder of how amazing the earth is.

Oh yeah, as far as we can see everything here is fine. I guess I will look around more in the morning. I'm just glad that Mom was asleep.


Brenda E said...

I didn't feel it in Vegas.

Christy said...

woah! that would have been cool. I bet Bob thought that was pretty awesome. Glad it wasn't a big one though and that everyone is fine.