Just when you think things couldn't get any more exciting during a pandemic we had an earthquake! About 5:50 pm last night I was standing in our dining room, and Dave in the bathroom, when it got really REALLY loud. The house started shaking and it took me a couple of seconds to realize that we were having a full-blown earthquake. I stood in the door way in the kitchen and Dave in the bathroom. The whole house was shaking. I noticed that our TV in the living room looked like it might fall forward and hit the floor. I walked over and stood by it and held it in place. I was away from a window, so I was probably okay, but not my smartest move. It kept going, the local National Geological Society thought it was about a minute or so. Of course it felt like longer. Dave at one point thought it had stopped, but I could feel under my feet. The room was still moving back and forth a bit and our floor lamp chain was swaying. It did freak out our poor kitty. We immediately called our kids and I texted them to warn them about aftershocks. Since I grew up in Southern California and went through a lot of earthquakes, it's not usually just one quake and then it's over. We did have an aftershock probably about 10 minutes later that I felt sitting on the couch. It was moving, and Dave was walking across the house and said he didn't feel anything. The local news reported early in the evening at least 2 aftershocks.
It was centered in Central Idaho up in the mountains. Initially it was reported that there had been a big earthquake in Yellowstone but that was not correct apparently. It brought back a lot of memories of really startling earthquakes when I was a kid. I had seen china come flying out of the kitchen cabinets and windows that were broken. Luckily there was no damage to our house, garage, and coop. A few people on the news head cracked ceilings and minor structural damage. The news had a few reported gas leaks which is not a surprise, especially in some of the older areas in town. An email from my Corporation said that they had immediately inspected all their buildings and things were fine. More news here 100's of Aftershocks Possible
The USGS said it was reportedly felt in Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. This earthquake was less than two weeks after a good sized quake hit Salt Lake City in Utah. That one was a 5.7-magnitude earthquake. My husband's company headquarters is there, which caused concern. The last big quake here was in 1983, in the mountains in Borah Peak. Hopefully we won't have any more soon!