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Earthquake in Lancaster County felt in parts of Berks County

Kindall L. Wann had just settled on his recliner and started a movie in his Womelsdorf home early Saturday morning when the house shook.  Wann, a Womelsdorf firefighter, suspected a nearby car crash, but the cause actually was about 40 miles away.  An earthquake northwest of the city of Lancaster shook the region shortly after midnight, prompting calls and questions to emergency dispatchers in Lancaster and Berks counties.

Wann's house shook for a few seconds, and it was over.  "It was very minor, but you knew it was something," Wann said.

The earthquake was nothing like two that shook Berks County in 1994, Wann said.  Those measured 4.0 and 4.6 on the Richter scale and were centered near Wyomissing Hills.  Wann lived in Sinking Spring at the time. He recalls plants and plates falling off tables in his house.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday's earthquake at magnitude 3.4. Emergency officials said it caused no damage or injuries.  It was centered about two miles north of Landisville, about 2.5 miles below ground, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Lancaster County dispatchers received more than 1,000 calls reporting the earthquake. Berks County dispatchers said they got about 30 calls, mostly from an area stretching from Bern to South Heidelberg townships.

John Bruchak was watching television about five minutes after midnight when he felt a strange vibration in his home at the Beverly Hills Mobile Home Park in South Heidelberg Township.

Bruchak said the quake felt like a gust of wind, except that it rumbled.  He went outside to look for damage. Finding none, he called 9-1-1 to report the tremor.  "It was kind of a wavy feeling," Bruchak said. "It was strange. I didn't know what it was."

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Wayne and I had just gone to bed and were watching TV.  The whole house shook and I thought that it meant Nathan or Lexi had fallen out of bed or something large in the house had fallen over.  I was really confused.  Wayne went out to the living room to look around and everything was fine.  It never occurred to us that it was an EARTHQUAKE!!!! 

I'm an earthquake survivor!

The center was only about 2 miles southwest of us. 

Comments

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jamiethetiger
Dec. 29th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
"I'm an earthquake survivor!"

Snort.
purplejuli
Dec. 29th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
You know that was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, right?
jamiethetiger
Dec. 29th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
:::nods::: Absolutely. But I snorted, in laughter, when I read that.
glass_lion
Dec. 29th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Glad everyone's ok!
sweetjezebel
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
You actually FELT a 3.4?! We have those all the time & are so used to it we don't notice it. And 4.6 is what WE usually think is a heavy truck driving by! Come visit when we have a 6.7 like we did in 1994. Now THAT will knock your socks off! :)
purplejuli
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it felt like something heavy fell in the house, a quick rumble.
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