I can't feel earthquakes. Or I'm an UNBELIEVABLY heavy sleeper. Or both. But a few years ago, the Owensboro area experienced a 5-point-something earthquake just after 5AM. I didn't feel it.

Actually, I AM very heavy sleeper, but you'd think a quake would wake me. It might have be at a certain level on the Richter scale, and we don't want that.

Anyway, since it's possible that I'm unable to sense them, I love the fact that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has "Global Earthquake Animation" that can show us, in time lapse, the quakes that shaken the planet since the beginning of the year.

Fascinating stuff.

Note the number of small quakes that have happened along the New Madrid fault--which affects Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Also, the larger quakes are represented by the big red dots.

Check it out: