Earthquake felt in West Michigan

Phone calls and e-mails continue to flow into the 24 Hour News 8 newsroom as people across West Michigan report feeling an earthquake in the area. Full Story
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#1 Apr 18, 2008
I felt this this morning - I live in the East Hills neighborhood in Grand Rapids. My bed was vibrating and I was wondering why. Just a few seconds later it stopped and I fell back asleep. It never even occurred to me that it would be an earthquake!!!!!! Then I opened the WOOD TV 8 page to check the weather and news before work, and the headline was the earthquake.........!
a ruggles

United States

#2 Apr 18, 2008
I felt what must have been an aftershock from the quake at 5:40 this morning in the Mattawan area. My livingroom lamp shook and my wife was awakened.
John from GR

West Bloomfield, MI

#3 Apr 18, 2008
Huh. This woke me up.

Anyone else notice Grand Rapids shaking this morning?

Kalamazoo, MI

#4 Apr 18, 2008
I didn't feel a darn thing. Our pets didn't react to anything either. I kind of feel cheated.
Tammy A


#5 Apr 18, 2008
I was laying in bed this morning at about 5:40 and I heard some creaking in the attic- I thought maybe there was an animal or something. Then immediately I felt my bed shaking- I sat up and my floor lamp was shaking as well. All of a sudden a couple of my kids started crying and then they fell back to sleep. A little after 6 when my husband woke up I told him what happened and said that either we had an earthquake or I'm going crazy (it's not like we live in California). I'm 38 and have lived in GR almost my whole life and never felt anything like it. We turned on the tv at 6:15 and sure enough there it was. Thanks news 8 for being on top of things! Great news station- We appreciate you!
john westerhuis

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Apr 18, 2008
media just sensationalizes everything
Joyce Molette

United States

#7 Apr 18, 2008
I was woke up this morning by my bed shaking and the knobs on my dresser were just clattering together. I thought I was dreaming at first but then new I was not. This was the first time I have ever felt anything like this. Kinda freaky.
Richard Beebe

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Apr 18, 2008
I live just outside of Ravenna Mi. Alarm went off and was waking up, could feel the bed shaking. It was just a weird feeling.Heard about quake on the radio and realized what I had felt.

United States

#9 Apr 18, 2008
I live in Fruitport township and am 14 years old. At about 4:30 i was sleeping and heard something fall. I woke up instantly to find a framed picture on my floor. I also felt my bad shake!

Wyoming, MI

#10 Apr 18, 2008
I was woken up by it too! crazy
Joyce Molette

United States

#11 Apr 18, 2008
from Dorr Michingan

Jackson, MI

#12 Apr 18, 2008
"If you have been on TV more than three times describing what the earthquake felt like,You might be a Redneck"!

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Apr 18, 2008
I felt it down here in portage, it shook my bed and woke me up.
Hamilton Mom

Allendale, MI

#14 Apr 18, 2008
Ok, we've had our little West Michigan "Breaking News Event" for the day....Now is there any other news going on in the world???? Come on WOOD TV, I'm getting to the point where some day when there is a real "Breaking News Event" like if we're getting invaded by aliens, or Michigan suddenly gets sucked into Lake Superior, I'll just yawn. Enough already!

“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam ”

Since: Feb 08


#15 Apr 18, 2008
I heard the shade for the light fixture in my bedroom rattle at about 0540hrs this morning.

I knew it was an earthquake, but I rolled over and went back to sleep because I thought that if it was something to be concerned about, it would be too late anyway, lol.

When the New Madrid fault gives way, there will be very few places in the Midwest that will remain safe.
Dowling Girl

Plainwell, MI

#16 Apr 18, 2008
I'm disappointed I didnt feel anything - we are just north of Battle Creek :(

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Apr 18, 2008

Been there, done that.

There are earthquakes in the Midwest. They are rare, but they do happen. I've felt others over the years, and this one was nothing special. Of course, the media - especially TV8 - is going out of their way to play it up for ratings.

Now, if the New Madrid fault in Missouri (area, it is in several states) goes off, THEN there will be a story.But until then, it's not enough news to talk it up for more than a few minutes.

Syracuse, NY

#19 Apr 18, 2008
I live in Muskegon and I got knocked right out of bed. I bookcase fell on my weener dog and hurt his left foot. My fish tank cracked and all my fish died so I'm on my way to long John Silvers to see if I a least can get a couple bucks out of this tragedy.

After all who would of thought to have earthquake insurance here.
Deb from Middleville

Southfield, MI

#20 Apr 18, 2008
I was laying in bed and I felt my mattress move. I sat up to see if someone was in the room and nobody was. I then noticed on the news of the quake. My husband felt it as well he just thought a gust of wind went through!

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Apr 18, 2008
feel WHAT???

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