Last night, just after midnight, a sudden boom rattled the house. We had no idea what it was, maybe a sonic boom caused by an aircraft returning to the military base northwest of here? The rumble lasted about ten seconds and seemed to be coming from that direction.
Turns out it was an earthquake about 15 miles from here measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale. Apparently there are a number of minor fault lines in this area, and people who have lived here a long time knew immediately what it was.
Our local newspaper was on the scene:
Quake shakes Lancaster County
By ANNE KOENIG, Staff Writer
Robert Kreider, of Ridge Road, Mount Joy Township, was in the bathtub when, "I felt it in my butt," he related. "It vibrated."
I suspect his buddies will remember that quote for a good while.
Krieder is planning to spend all of New Year's Eve in the tub hoping for aftershocks.