How to Properly Prepare for a Disaster: Are You Ready?

The United States experiences more than 1,200 tornadoes annually—four times the amount seen in Europe. In the last 100 years, we have had about 130 major earthquakes world-wide per year.  It seems like we are also experiencing more earthquakes and that they are increasing in intensity and destruction.   Earthquakes and tornadoes can cause mass destruction, completely destroy houses and businesses, shut down entire cities, leave many residents homeless, and lead to devastating injuries with vast numbers of lives lost.  Do you know exactly what to do if disaster strikes?...more
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Stray Dogs and Earthquakes

When I was out with my family today eating outside at a restaurant, we saw 3 stray dogs wandering around together. They looked well kept and at least one of them had a collar. I was worried about them because they kept crossing the street. Luckily they were at a 4-way intersection with stop signs so the cars were all driving slow. My next thought was, "Uh oh, we're going to have a big earthquake." According to Jim Berkland, animals know when earthquakes are coming and tend to run away from their homes. That's when you see a lot of "lost pet" signs. ...more
mischa999k I've already rescued 2 animals. I suffered for 3 months to save a cat until we found ...more

Earthquake March 28, 2014

So, we just had an earthquake and 2 aftershocks tonight. The one at 8:03pm was a 3 pointer and we didn’t feel it. Even though it was near my mom, she didn’t feel it but she remembers brushing her teeth at that time and thinking about an earthquake. At around 9:13pm I was in the kitchen with my son Kaleo teaching him how to make spam musubi when the cabinets and counter started shaking. I looked at him and said, “Oh, it’s an earthquake.” He didn’t know what it was at first. He thought the sink was going to explode....more

Shake, Rattle and Roll

2:33 a.m. and I was awakened this early morning by the mirror on our dresser bumping around like someone had walked by, like usual. But, this jiggling didn't stop, it kept going and then gently slowed down to stop. I sat up in bed and thought maybe it was the wind or something because I just wasn't awake but I knew exactly what it was, an earthquake. It was a 4.0 a bit south of here in the McAlester area, which is a bit unusual. Of course, since I was so awake I could not go back to sleep very well. I was hot....more

the day an earthquake changed a country

Today's NaBloPoMo prompt about favorite places has made me think of something I wrote months ago. Writing is therapeutic for me, I often like to sit down and just write freely as a way of acknowledging an issue. The following post is something I wrote back in March but never shared with anyone until now. I've also edited it a bit for context. ...more

Oklahoma Earthquake & Asteroid Nears The Moon

Listening to the blessed soft patter of rain this morning (something of a rarity this year due to the crippling Texas drought), I’m struck by the surrealism of recent events.  An earthquake of 5.6 magnitude shook my hometown of Lawton, OK last night....more

Shake, Rattle and Holy Hell...

It was one of those days today. It felt surreal, pretty much from the first moment I woke up. Some days are like that with me. ...more

Michele Bachmann took another leap over the boundaries of reality on Sunday

Lea Grover writes: "Michele Bachmann took another leap over the boundaries of reality on Sunday" when Bachmann suggested that the recent earthquake and hurricane that hit Washington D.C. were messages from God. Read the whole post here: Michele Bachmann, President or Prophet?Maybe it should be 'President or Prophet or just plain stupid? What do you think?...more

Earthquake-Proof Parenting

In the moment, I thought it was a big truck rumbling past. Sitting on the sofa with my daughter, playing with her alphabet animals book (did you know that Z is for Zorilla?). But the truck just kept getting bigger and closer. Bigger and closer than seemed possible. Then the pictures started rattling on the wall, and the windows shook in their panes. When I figured it out, I scooped her up and ran outside without even our shoes (apparently exactly what FEMA doesn’t recommend). There, I saw an assortment of our awful neighbors....more

Memoir of a California Earthquake Rider

Being born and raised in the San Fernando Valley I’ve lived through more earthquakes than I have pairs of shoes in my closet.  Sure, it can be exhausting having to duck under my office desk, or dash beneath the nearest doorway at the first sign of a tremor.  Actually, I don’t do that. As a seasoned California Earthquake Rider, I usually stay wherever I am, e.g....more