In earthquake jargon, as folks around here are learning, we have the 2.5s, which are more than a daily occurance in Guy.

And then there are the scary 4.0s, of which, thank goodness, there have been few but are being felt across a larger area, even in Conway.

Pauline Butts of Greenbrier has her own way of identifying the shaking she feels.

“In October, the 4.0 felt like something was underneath the ground, swimming,” she said.

Up until Thursday night at about 11, that had been the strongest quake felt in the area.

By Friday, however, about 2:15 a.m., a 4.3 was recorded, and Pauline said her birds, two cockatiels, woke up when their cage started shaking.

“They started fluttering around, and that woke up the dog and the cat,” she said.

“The smaller quakes -- the 2.0s and 2.5s -- will make the house creak and crack, like it’s waking up. But I know it isn’t, because it can be the middle of the night.”

A little stronger quake?
“That just makes me think the UPS man is driving by,” she said.

Mrs. Butts’ original reason for a call to the Log Cabin Democrat was to ask about a list of items the Red Cross encourages residents to keep in case of a major earthquake.

At the end of the list were: Bucket. Lime.

“What are the bucket and lime for?” she wanted to know.

We explained.

At the Earthquake Preparedness Seminar sponsored by the Roadrunner Extension Homemakers on Tuesday, Sandy Brewer of Conway Corp. said a really big quake could cause all utilities to fail, including the sewer system.

To be prepared, he said, residents will need a way to dispose of human waste, a major cause of the spreading of disease.

There aren’t any outhouses these days, he said, so he suggested having a bucket and lime.

Wayne Denson, the Red Cross representative at the seminar said those would be good items to add to the Red Cross list.

So we added them.

“Ah,” Mrs. Butts said. “I get it now. I remember outhouses. Thanks for the explanation. That really had me puzzled.”

As a reminder, to tell the U.S. Geological Survey “I Felt It,” go to

To report property damage, call the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management at 450-4935.

Here’s another website with useful information about what to do when an earthquake hits: 

In the meantime, Drop, Cover and Hold On!

(Becky Harris can be reached at 505-1234 or