The Earth Moves
And several HUNDRED earthquakes “swarm” on the Oregon Coast in the last 10 days – just a skip-hop-jump away from Newport, Oregon.
The troubling thing about this article – to me – are the use of the keywords “unusual” and “swarm.” Swarm makes me think of bees or…locusts…or something very alive and fairly unpleasant. Obviously earthquakes are unpleasant, but having never been conscious enough to experience one, I don’t have much ground to go on (ha ha). AND “unusual” is always a cause for fear when uttered by the scientific community.
Of course – these 600 earthquake swarms could mean nothing. Or they could mean something. Resting precariously on the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire has never boded well for the West Coast. But 600 is a rather large and ominous number.
This article also comes springing along on the heels of news tid-bits about California’s major earthquake prediction. Granted – saying there will be a large earthquake hitting the Northern half of the West Coast within the next 30 years – I mean, come on. That’s like saying people whose jobs are shipped overseas are bitter. You know – obvious. But still disconcerting to say the very least.
And while 600 is a large number, “99.7% sure of a major devastating earthquake” – is pretty alarming as well. I just hope California (and possibly the Southern end of Oregon) has enough sense to batten down the hatches now, rather than piddling around until 2036 and then crying when LA and San Francisco sluff off into the Pacific Ocean. We might have learned something from Katrina, but I’m feeling cynical this morning, and predicting that history is doomed to repeat itself.
Nothing like the thought of a catastrophic natural disaster to bring down the mood.
Much Love, Mindy C