Thursday, August 28, 2008

Still Standing

In case you’ve heard stuff and wondered, I haven’t been swept away. Yet. Though, if you’re an alarmist and you listen to the news, you’d realize it could happen at any time.

I hadn’t been listening to the news. Not local anyway. I’ve been glued to the DNC for the last few days, thus the first I heard about an earthquake very near my home was when a friend in Ohio e-mailed to make sure I was OK. I was. I am. Though now that I’ve gone poking, I’ve discovered there have been 18 (18!) earthquakes off the coast of British Columbia over the last week. From AP:
A strong earthquake struck off Canada’s west coast early today near Vancouver Island. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

The magnitude-6.1 quake hit at 5:37 a.m. Its epicenter was 97 miles west of Port Hardy and 293 miles west northwest of Vancouver, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It struck at a depth of 6.2 miles.
Zoiks! So now what do I do? Beyond making sure there are plenty of doorways to stand under, I mean. And we’re used to power failures. And we always have plenty of fresh water on hand. (Totally aside from the fact that we live in a rain forest, I mean.) Nothing is shaking and the house continues to stand. I guess I’ll take a deep breath and move forward. I don’t actually anticipate getting shaken off the planet any time soon.

4 comments:

Sandra Ruttan said...

Hasn't the DNC been fascinating? It's amazing the difference between what's portrayed in the media here and some perceptions from outside the US.

And as one who used to live on a Gulf Island, well... Do you have a boat? I think being in the Lower Mainland would be disaster if there was every something serious. You're probably safer where you are.

Linda L. Richards said...

Where's "here," my dear? These days, I never know where you are!

No boat, but lots of supplies on hand. And I probably *am* safer where I am: when I'm here! (Sometimes I'm not!)

The earthquake was 6.1, but way under the ocean. We didn't feel anything at all. I hope it stays that way!

Sandra Ruttan said...

I'm in Maryland. I still read a lot of Canadian news, though, and exactly where I am in Maryland is Republican territory. I think that's part of what makes it all so interesting - a lot of the Canadian press loves Obama, but specifically where I am the view isn't quite so favourable.

Personally, I like Obama.

Clea Simon said...

Glad the earthquake didn't shake you up. But to add to your previous blog, just imagine what that might have done to an offshore oil well.

I've been glued to the DNC. Did you see Lilly Ledbetter? God, if we don't elect Obama I will be embarrassed for the US in the face of the world.