March 15, 2005

California Dreaming

LET'S REVIEW. Torrential rains, massive mudslides, local dry-weather landslides, desert earthquakes, and now California quake triggers tsunami warning

A major earthquake struck around 80 miles off the coast of northern California early today, briefly prompting a tsunami warning along the Pacific coast.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries onshore following the quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale and happened at around 7.50pm local time (0050 BST).

It struck south-west of the coastal community of Crescent City, which is 300 miles north-west of San Francisco. Residents said they could feel buildings shaking along the coast.

Heavy fogs and dews combined with the recent torrential rains are keeping the wildfire risk at bay, but toast us for a few weeks and that's history by July. I haven't seen any gigantic waterspouts so far -- this year. The nuclear power plant that is decades out of date at San Onofre doesn't seem to have any immediate issues. The bird population is not yet out of hand and hasn't copped an attitude. Frogs, fleas and flies remain at normal levels. One report of mad-cow disease, but that's far to the east. No boils visible among the local population even if facial piercings seem to be on the rise. No hail and fire are (at present) falling from the sky and large clots of locusts are (as yet) not to be seen.

Nevertheless, a lesser man might become paranoid but not me. I think I'll simply relocate to someplace more predictable, like, say, the Sunni Triangle.

Posted by Vanderleun at March 15, 2005 8:25 AM
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One more to add... all the "experts" say the wet winter and spring we had means there is MORE fuel for wildfires this summer and fall. Oh joy...

Posted by: Chrees at June 15, 2005 9:19 AM

It's the cause of global whining, too.

Posted by: Stephen B. at June 15, 2005 10:51 AM

Ok, this is the funniest post I have read today.

Posted by: DeoDuce at June 15, 2005 11:02 AM

Don't tell me you're thinking of leaving? You'll just leave more room for the illegals, who, if things keep going the way they are, will end up renting the house you're now living in with some sort of government hand out.

Say... Maybe leaving here isn't such a bad idea after all!

Posted by: MarkH at June 15, 2005 11:53 AM

Locusts, next week.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at June 15, 2005 12:08 PM

Nothing about meteors-yet.

Posted by: P.A. Breault at June 15, 2005 7:18 PM

You're forgetting about the West Nile Virus!

Posted by: geo walsh at June 15, 2005 7:59 PM

...and the illegal alien invasion!

Posted by: MarkH at June 16, 2005 4:52 PM