Monday, November 9, 2020

(Political?) Aftershocks


 

          9:00 a.m. Sunday morning I was sitting at my computer, meandering through my tea and thinking I should really get up. Change the bed, take a shower, get dressed, do something.

          And then the house shook. No noise, just an odd shudder. Turns out it was an earthquake in New Bedford, about 116 miles by car, or 91 miles as the quake travels.

          I lived in Oklahoma – what I’ve always thought of as tornado country – for 3 years and never once saw a funnel.  Yet this summer we marked the 9th anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that ripped through 39 miles of our corner of Western Massachusetts in 2011.

          In 1971, just before My Guy was sent to Fort Ord in Monterey, California, four earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher were recorded in the Monterey Bay area. Fortunately, at no time in following years that he was stationed there did we experience a trembler.   

          Earthquakes here in the Bay State are pretty uncommon. The epicenter of the Mass quake was in Buzzards Bay, and the Geological Survey received over 19,000 “did you feel it?” calls – probably something that wouldn’t have happened in California, where everyone’s much more blas√© about this sort of thing.

          All I can say is, it’s been quite a week. I’m thinking it’ll be a while before everything settles down.

 

8 comments:

  1. Did Mamie hide under furniture and refuse to come out? She is such a timid little thing, I would be surprised if she were to meet the shaking house head on with woofs!

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    1. Nope. Deep into her critical morning nap. (As opposed to her afternoon nap, and TV time nap in the evening.)

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  2. I've had several earth quakes here in Ohio. All but one were tremblers. The one that was not was in the eighties, right along the fault under the Perry nuclear power plant. The earth moved and roared like a freight train.

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  3. So, I don't have to ask, What's shakin.

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  4. Probably a shockwave reaction to a certain orange person stamping his foot in his petulance.

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  5. Sadly I believe your last sentence is dreadfully, painfully true.

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  6. Well THAT's an incident I hadn't heard about. I thought the Earth was moving in a more figurative sense this week -- not a literal one!

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  7. Glad it wasn't a big one, which I fear will be coming soon. It's the only thing that hasn't already happened in this awful year. :-(

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