Saturday, April 26, 2008
Last night's quake has actually been downgraded to a 4.7. That's a refreshing change!
Thanks to everyone who left comments on my previous posts. Several of you said that these little quakes are letting off steam so we won't get a big one; I'd have assumed that, too, except that the magnitudes have been increasing, which is evidently very unusual. So all kinds of bulletins are going out about what to do In the Event of a Major Earthquake. We even made the front page of AOL, which specializes in breathless, fear-mongering headlines. "BIG EARTHQUAKE SET TO STRIKE? Scientists tell city to get ready!"
Some houses had a bit of structural damage from last night's quake, and lots of ketchup bottles and mayonnaise bottles fell off supermarket shelves. Let's hope we don't get anything worse. Meanwhile, I ate on the "safe" side of the dining room table again tonight, and also skipped swimming in favor of taking a walk. When I thought about swimming, all I could see was the rest of the building collapsing into the ground-floor pool. I'm sure the building's safer than that, but I still felt safer walking.
Gary and I both twitch whenever we feel anything resembling a tremor: cats jumping onto furniture, the other person tapping a foot, the fridge making noises, etc. Don't anybody jump out at me and yell "boo" for a while, okay?