Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This was a tweet someone sent yesterday in regards to yesterday's earthquake and I thought it was hysterical!
However, man oh man is California busting the East Coast's chops over our 5.9 earthquake. What California resident's don't understand is:
1. that we do not get earthquakes here.
2. they don't realize that a 5.3 earthquake hit Colorado 7 hours earlier in the day. That alone scared me personally to death.
3. We meaning NY, NJ, and Washington DC have been through 911. It hit close to home and most of us thought that it was another terrorist attack. For me personally we thought that Lakehurst Naval Base or Fort Dix was hit or that the Forked River Nuclear Plant exploded or melted down. Now to me, that is scary.*
4. We had a shallow earthquake. Yes California gets bigger earthquakes but a shallow earthquake is one that occurs close to the earth's surface. Shallow earthquakes are more damaging than deeper earthquakes to due there being less rock to absorb the shaking. You California have a dense rock formation underneath that absorbs more of the shock. Ours was felt in father regions due to this.
Just had to get that off my chest! All is good now!
*PS: for me personally when it 1st hit I was sitting in my living room watching my soaps. The house started wiggling and swaying and my 1st thought was not an earthquake. I said to myself," What the %!@# kind of medicine do they have me on now. When I realized it was an earthquake after the 2nd tremor that is when the panic set in because we just don't get earthquakes. Then I had to worry about my Mom who lives in Virginia and my brother and his family that live in Maryland. Cell phones weren't working so I couldn't get through on that, Verizon land lines went down in NJ for a little while and I couldn't get through on that. I finally said oh use the internet because that is how we had to communicate when 911 hit and all of the cell phone and telephone towers went down.
Thanks for all who asked about my Mom. She volunteers at the White House and Tuesday is the day she volunteers. The 1st tremor hit and they were scared. The 2nd one hot and that was a huge one, loud rumbling and all. They evacuated everyone and the group my Mom was in, they were told to exit via the fire escape. My Mom was said she was pretty cool about it and only got scared when a Marine that was in the group leading them out was scared stiff. She kept saying, "Oh my God, Oh my God, We're going to die!" My Mom sai9d she could have smacked the Marine because she was scaring the crap out of all of them, If anyone should have been calm it should have been the Marine.
Washington DC was warned of more aftershocks last night and even today. NJ however I don't think will feel these. That is ok with me!
Glad it is over and glad the damage was minimal. I did hear that the White House, the Capital, and the National Basilica did sustain some damage as a result. Damage included arch displacement, cracking, falling limestone and rotating pinnacles on the Cathedral's neogothic towers. National Cathedral Head Mason Joe Alonso estimated a piece weighing about 3,000 pounds toppled from the central tower. I think the news said 4 turrets on the Church snapped off and fell.
Glad that is over for NJ. Now we are concerned about Hurricane Irene that is supposed to hit the East Coast between now and Sunday. They are estimating only a Category One when it hits NJ. The Carolina's I am afraid are supposed to get a Category 3 or 4.