I was jolted awake this morning by an earthquake. Having grown up in California, I wasn’t too alarmed. I did, out of habit, start playing the magnitude guessing game. I estimated a low 4 earthquake, assuming it was based nearby, and it turns out I was pretty close. The United States Geological Survey website placed it at a 4.8 earthquake based just off the coast of Guam.
We’ve had a lot of seismic activity here in Guam this week. There have been a series of small earthquakes throughout the Northern Mariana Islands. Earthquake Track is a good website for seeing recent activity. I also like the iPad app Last Quake.
I have a pretty mellow family. I’m the only one who even seems to notice earthquakes. That includes our pets, a dog and a cat who didn’t even bother getting up for the minor event. They sleep through thunderstorms and typhoons too.