There was an earthquake yesterday with an epicentre near the end of the peninsula we live on. Depending on who you listen to it had between 5.8 and 6.2 magnitude. (Montreal Gazette) The girls and I were together sitting on my bed. I had my head down knitting and thought that the girls were moving around on the bed. When I looked up I saw the bathroom door swing back and forth on its hinges and heard the electric heater rattle.
This was my second quake. The first one I experienced was a mild tremor in San Francisco in the late 70's.
According to Wikipedia, there are about 500,000 quakes each year with 1/5 of those being large enough seismic events to be felt. Quakes in Turkey are very common, but it is only recently that the government passed legislation to ensure that new buildings are built to quake proof standards. Unfortunately, shoddy workmanship, poor quality materials, inadequate design and the bribery of inspectors has meant that even new buildings will sustain damage. Turkey's Earthquake
Global Incident Map This site keeps track of global earthquakes as they happen.