Saturday, July 03, 2010

Earthquake at WMU

Canadian earthquake felt in Kalamazoo and across several states in U.S.

KALAMAZOO — His wife thought he was a bit nuts.

An earthquake... in Kalamazoo... really?

But Allen Schwenk said he definitely felt the earthquake that struck hundreds of miles away in the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday afternoon.


At around 1:45 p.m., Schwenk was in his fifth-floor office on the Western Michigan University campus, doing a little bit of reading.

In the hallway, the math professor heard people in a discussion over whether the building was swaying.

That’s when Schwenk realized he felt like he was on a boat — like Everett Tower was gently rocking back and forth.

“It wasn’t severe,” he said. “Nobody thought this was threatening. It was like, this seems weird.”

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