Sunday, November 6, 2011

How Non-Californians Survive an Earthquake

As most folks know, Oklahoma had a series of earthquakes the other day. These terrifying events happened on the same day that San Francisco also experienced it's own tremor.

No, wait.  It wasn't that kind of tremor.

Seriously, the earthquakes were as strong as 4.7 in magnitude and terrified folks all over the Central Mid-West.  One police dispatcher expressed how frightened he was: "Oh, man. I’ve never felt anything like that in my life. It was the scariest thing. I had a police officer just come in and sit down and all the sudden the walls started shaking and the windows were rattling. It felt like the roof was going to come off the police department." 
(sounds like an AC/DC song to me)

You can almost taste his fear.  One television station received hundreds of emails (who calls anymore) from frightened citizens of the Plains States.  The following clip will show you the shear level of panic when you hear the extent of damage that was done including dry wall cracks, objects on shelves being knocked around and even picture frames being shaken from walls! 

For those who survived the horrifying 5.8 earthquake of the East Coast, this brought back memories of the fear and almost irreparable damage done to homes and businesses throughout that region. Scenes like these flashed in the minds of those still shell-shocked residents:

This scene of carnage was in Washington DC.

Another terrifying scene from DC.

Think of the long minutes it's going to take to clean up this mess in Virginia.

This scene from Wakefield, Massachusetts could cause nightmares for years to come.

And this scene in DC.  Oh Dear God, No!

Not to mention the structural damage in Hampden, Maryland.

Thank God I don't have to clean up this mess in Connecticut.

Oh, Canada!

Some of the damage was so sad in it's destruction of beauty.

Most terrifying of all was the tsunami.
Oh, wait.  I think this might have been photo-shopped.

So, back to Oklahoma.  the crowd went wild and the press went into a feeding frenzy.  Nothing like this has happened in... Well, I don't know how long it's been.  I'd have to google it, it's late, and I don't feel like it.

Head West, Young Man!

California or Bust!

California hear I come!

Westward Ho!

(Fill in any other California-based phrase here)

Over in San Francisco (where the 3.2 magnitude quake rattled the walls) like in Oklahoma, there were several smaller shocks. The quake hit just southeast of Berkeley.  These came after California put on way-too-serious preparedness drills complete with 3.8 and 4.0 earthquakes in the Bay Area.  Nerves were obviously frayed.  No one was able to email the press or even call the police to report damage or injuries.  
In fact, no one has come forward yet.  
I hope they are alright...

1 comment:

  1. Ooh those poor folk in Oklahoma City, the devastation was worth reporting...Do they have the total "damage" report ?...I would love to hear it....I can only, imagine....


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