5.8 earthquake in Virginia. 6 km below ground. Epicenter 5 miles west of Jackson, Virginia. Screw that. I hate earthquakes. I survived the Loma Prietta (World Series) earthquake back in 1989 and I didn’t like them then and I don’t like them now.
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We finally don’t have to hear about Charlie Sheen every friggin’ minute on the news.
SAN BERNARDO, Chile — The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince.
Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at 3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile.
Seriously. Stay the hell out of my neighborhood you quake magnets. Actually, if you could avoid the entire east coast I would be much obliged.
KABUL – A strong earthquake centered in the towering shook a wide area of eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan early Friday, swaying buildings in the Afghan and Pakistani capitals.
There were no initial reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which struck about 12:21 a.m. Afghan time (1951 GMT, 3:51 p.m. EDT Thursday).
This is an interesting development and I’ll tell you why. Before we (US Forces) got to Afghanistan in 2001 they had been going on 7 years of drought. Once we showed up the rain started to fall. The locals there with their tribal roots and deep seated superstitions figured that this was a sign from Allah that he was pleased that the Americans were there. Rain brings crops, crops bring life, Americans bring rain, Allah must have sent the rain with the Americans.. so we like the Americans. Now the Taliban is taking steps to reassert themselves as the dominant force in the region bringing fear, death, and totalitarian religious fanaticism with them and all of a sudden a big earthquake rocks the capital in Afghanistan and is strong enough to be felt in Lahore, Peshewar, and Islamabad Pakistan? God I hope some spin doctors over there in Public Affairs are working this angle. If they can get the locals to think that Allah is angry about the Taliban returning, that could be a huge coups.
The outlying rural dwellers may be cave men with cell phones, AK’s, and RPG’s… but they’re still cave men.
The Loma Prieta earthquake (aka The World Series Earthquake) happened 20 years ago today… and I was there. I was studying Russian in Monterey at the time and I had never been in an earthquake. It hit just as I was leaning over my desk in my barracks room trying to grab a picture off the wall so I could show it to a girl that was standing there with me. I was standing on one leg when the first shock wave started rolling in. I began to wobble and the first thing that popped into my head (and out of my mouth, by the way) was “Damn, my equilibrium is shot.” My friend corrected me with “um, I think we’re having an earthquake.” Then the wall lockers started to teeter-totter back and forth, the mirror on the wall fell and chipped, and my alarm clock fell off whatever it was on. My room mate was taking a nap at the time and yelled out angrily “who the hell is shaking my bed?!?” We brought him up to speed pretty quickly and we all headed for the door frame for shelter. One guy was running up and down the hall screaming “EARTHQUAKE!!! EARTHQUAKE!!!” as if nobody else had caught on to the particulars of the situation yet. The major shock eventually stopped and we lost power but did our best to go about our business and get estimates of the damage.
My room mate swore up and down that this one was one of the minor earthquakes that California experiences every day while I swore up and down that I thought it was a pretty big one. When we turned on the radio we found out how wrong he was. A section of the Bay Bridge had collapsed, houses were caved in, highways buckled… generally not good stuff. We were told that classes were cancelled the next day and ergo we decided to drink beer to celebrate because we had no power and we could all use a good drink anyway after going through the first major shock and all the little aftershocks all evening. The beer, as it turned out, was half off because the stores couldn’t keep it cold without power so the guys were running down to the store in droves and scooping up premium beer at discount prices by the armfuls. The women both in town and on base were doing the same thing except with ice cream. That day the guys drank themselves down five full IQ points while the ladies gorged themselves up three dress sizes.
I’ve been in a couple of earthquakes since, but they seemed almost unnoticable compared to the Loma Prieta. Oh, and the alarm clock that fell down? Well, it broke and froze on the exact time the earthquake hit. I kept that alarm clock until about six or seven years ago when I got sick of toting it around with me. I did dismantle it and traced the hands that were synchronously frozen in the time with the crescendo of the first shock wave. I wrote the date on that paper clock face and I still keep it to this day. I probably always will. As for the mirror, I left it at DLI when I left for some other guy to use. When I returned to DLI six years later they assigned me a room in a different barracks on the other side of the hill. When I opened up my wall locker to stow my stuff, I found that mirror staring back at me… chip and all. I guess it’s a small world.
This is a clip of “Cosmagal” filming her video horoscopes when the recent earthquake in SoCal hit.
Considering her outfit and bossoms, am I the only one that whished she stayed on screen during the entire tremor instead of just the beginning and the end?