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Frank / April 18, 2008 11:53 AM

I was woken up this morning by a slight shaking of my bed. I initially thought it was my girlfriend tossing and turning, but quickly realised it was the entire condo. No joke, I felt either the earthquake or an aftershock.

fluffy / April 18, 2008 11:55 AM

Yes! I woke up and felt my bed shaking. It felt like someone kept bumping into my bed and it freaked me out. I thought about it being an earthquake, because I've been in one before (7.2), but then I thought maybe I was dreaming. And also it felt like it lasted longer than 30 seconds. I was relieved to find out it was an earthquake and I didn't just imagine it.

jen / April 18, 2008 12:14 PM

4:45 a.m., logan square - bed shaking. in my groggy state, i think maybe the downstairs neighbors are having a little fun. put hand on wall, not pounding. put hand on floor - same. remember i didn't lock my front door and have childhood thoughts of a crazy person breaking in and shaking my bead from underneath.
finally realize it's earthquake and am annoyed that it feels like i'm on a boat rather than in my bed. it stops, i fall back asleep.

get confirmation of earthquake on NPR in the morning. find out that i'm the only one of my friends to have: a) woken up to this earthquake or b) have been in one before!
(first grade, northeast ohio, baby!)

Jasmine / April 18, 2008 12:40 PM

I didn't feel the first one, but I definitely felt the aftershock at around 10:00 am this morning. I work downtown on the 20th floor of a 21 story building, and it felt like the building was wiggling just a little bit. Like a tiny hula.

annie / April 18, 2008 1:04 PM

Nothing, slept right through it. But our one beagle was spazzing out and I thought she might have left us a gift so I'm walking around looking for a poop when I heard about the earthquake on the news and it hit me, why she was so nervous. The other beagle had to be woken up.

tk / April 18, 2008 1:06 PM

Nope. My husband could sleep through armageddon, but I'm a pretty light sleeper, and if I noticed anything, it must've been minor enough to slide right into my dream.

The dog, on the other hand, has been whining all day, and the cat (usually in your face) is bunkered in the basement. What do they know???

Amy / April 18, 2008 1:21 PM

The wind is blowing so hard, my bed is shaking is what I thought when I woke up because the window next to my bed was rattling like crazy like it does when the wind is really coming in from the east. And my bed was shaking. I couldn't quite figure out how the rattling window was making my bed shake, but it was.

Or so I thought until I heard on the news about the earthquake, which also explained why my cat was extra vocal early this morning.

Pete / April 18, 2008 1:21 PM

At first I thought it was just my usual case of early-morning shakes. But like any other morning, a slug of bourbon seemed to calm things down again.

Baldeesh / April 18, 2008 1:29 PM

I've got a rambunctious kitten that's desensitized me to any mattress vibrations, so I slept through the quake.

I find it interesting that people have noticed their animals acting up. Mine seemed to be okay - one was disinterested in breakfast, but the other was just a tad more affectionate than normal.

Also didn't notice the aftershock. My mind is a million miles away today.

Though, for what it's worth, I did notice the quake back in June of 2004. That was pretty wicked.

paul / April 18, 2008 1:55 PM

I think it was some weird spidey sense that woke me up, not the shaking, which was more rolling than rocking.

I noticed the cougars around the city were definitely freaked out today.

Mimi / April 18, 2008 2:27 PM

My cat woke me up right before the quake. I thought I was going nuts when I felt my bed and building shaking.

CC / April 18, 2008 2:53 PM

I woke up to the shaking too, and thought it might be neighbors having fun or a big truck outside. I was pretty excited to learn this morning that it was an earthquake though (and I didn't have to feel guilty for thinking it was cool, as no one got hurt!). Both rabbits this morning seemed perfectly calm and had healthy appetites too--maybe they're not as sensitive to earthquakes...or maybe they were just more concerned with their breakfast! :)

mike / April 18, 2008 5:02 PM

I slept through it. But these comments remind me of what earthquakes were like when I lived in San Diego as a kid. For some reason, they always seemed to happen when we were sleeping ... and when they did happen, waking me up in my semi-conscious state, I always initially thought someone was banging on my bedroom window trying to break in. You could hear everything in the house rattling. We always went downstairs and stood under the big door frame in the foyer. Crazy.

kate / April 18, 2008 5:23 PM

Yes and yes. Third earthquake - I'm glad they've all been small, but man are they annoying!

It was an exciting gchat morning:

10:16 AM me: aaagghh my house is shaking again
Ryan: another earthquake?
10:17 AM me: who knows. could be one of those... ummm, what are they called?
10:18 AM aftershock?

jj / April 18, 2008 5:55 PM

Yes, my bed was shaking at 4:30am and I heard a rumbling sound that woke me up. I also felt a tremor like a minute or two afterwards. It stopped before I realized, oh wow, that's an earthquake.

k / April 18, 2008 5:59 PM

Nope. Slept right through it.

Just like the most of the quakes I slept through in the early 90s attending SIU. There were several, but not this big.

Leelah / April 19, 2008 12:57 PM

Slept through the quake, but one of my dogs went crazy. I heard that, but assumed it was her usual barking at the neighbor who leaves the building at 5.30 (only it was earlier).

mike-ts / April 20, 2008 1:00 PM

I slept through it, though I dreamt that someone was pounding on the ceiling and rattling windows. I have in the past dreamt of mid-night shotgun blasts that were later confirmed to be real, and other oddities, like dreaming someone came to town, then finding out that they were here. So maybe my brain experienced it while the rest of my system slept, and recorded it as a dream. So is that a yes or a no?

steven / April 21, 2008 8:41 AM

Nope and nope.

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