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A little bit of ground shaking

June 23, 2010 - Steve Murch
Did you feel Wednesday's earthquake? If you didn't you're not alone. Only Sports Editor Chris Dobrowolski and I felt it in the newsroom. Talking to others around the building, they didn't feel it either. Production Manager Jim Brown said he felt it at home.

I was sitting in my chair with my feet on the supports, so I wasn't touching the floor. My chair started to vibrate a little bit.

Chris and I both thought it was just Lafarge blasting in the quarry. Since you feel those from time to time, and this time wasn't any different in terms of shaking, it was easy to pass it off as Lafarge. It should have been a clue that it wasn't Lafarge when it lasted more than 5-10 seconds.

The realization that it was more than that was when MLive tweeted, asking if anyone else “felt that.” All of a sudden every news agency in the state was tweeting the same thing.

Ah, modern technology. Right after everyone tweeted I went to the U.S. Geological Survey site to see where it was registering. It really is incredible to think how quickly news travels with the stroke a computer key.

Lost in the earthquake news is the fact an Asian carp was found just six miles from Lake Michigan, beyond the electric barrier. Looks like another invasive species is headed for the Great Lakes.


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