This afternoon a few minutes after the kids got home from school, we were standing around talking when suddenly Aurora said, "The house shook!" and Denver said, "I saw the house shaking!" I hadn't felt anything, but said, "That's an earthquake." The kids thought it was pretty cool, and I figured it must have been since they both noticed it. When Doug got home an hour later he said, "Did you feel the earthquake?" He'd been in Homer for a meeting when he saw everything moving and heard a low roar. At first he thought it was him, but then he realized it was a quake. Not ever having been in a quake of any magnitude before, I can only guess at the magnitude, but I my estimate would be somewhere between a 3.0-4.0. NOTE: We just heard on the radio that it was a 5.2, and the epicenter was Homer.
The irony of it is that Aurora is building a seismograph for her science fair project, and she and Doug put it together yesterday. All that was left was to put on a couple parts and attach a motor. Aurora was very bummed it wasn't up and running; it would have been very cool to see if it actually worked!