January 09, 2007

Whitehorse rocks!

At about ten to eight this morning, I was, um, sitting on our basement toilet. I heard the house shift and suddenly, I started swaying. The floor was going one way, the toilet another, and I was sitting on the toilet rocking at the mercy of unseen forces.

An earthquake!

At least, I'm pretty sure in was an earthquake and not something I ate.

I've never felt an earthquake before this morning. I always thought it would be a rumbling, shaking kind of thing, not the broad, silent swaying that it was.

According to CBC Radio, the earthquake measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre was 15km below the surface and was 160km south-east of Whitehorse, towards Haines, Alaska. Apparently, a magnitude 6 earthquake "Can be destructive in areas up to about 100 kilometers across." Good thing our population density is so low!

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