The quake was felt in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Phoenix and Las Vegas. It was described by many as a rolling quake - and not the kind where you feel a big jolt then shaking.
The rolling motion splashed water out of swimming pools and made hanging flower baskets swing back and forth.
Here is a link to some awesome home videos that shows just what the quake was like - but I warn you, two of the videos have a few curse words as the videographer was in the moment of the quake with a huge rush of emotion.
Home Videos of Quake
Then as the evening rolled in thunderstorms turned severe across east-central Missouri with several reports of large hail and even a few tornadoes near the town of Mexico, MO.
There were some reports of damage to a few structures, trees and power lines. But so far, no deaths or serious injuries.
Here is a wonderful picture taken by my facebook friend - Steve Steinke - from the Phoenix area. It is an Easter sunrise picture Arizona style!
And finally - the next 3 days could be the most active stretch of days we have seen this year in terms of severe weather. A large portion of tornado alley is outlooked for possible severe weather both today, tomorrow and Wednesday as a large storm system pulls east of the Rockies.
I think just about every storm chaser I know is en route to the Great Plains to track the first (well - guess you could say the potentially largest) outbreak of severe storms so far in 2010.
Below is a picture from the car featuring Tony Laubach and Dann Cianca as they charge east along Interstate 70 early Monday morning.
Travel safe guys - bag a great storm - or two - or three!