I just tweeted the definition of a blog to someone who asked (facetiously, I believe) “Whats a blog?”
My answer: “A blog is a type of headache, kinda like a migraine.”
I’m just kidding though. Even on the days when I can’t think of much to say, I still like stopping by to tell you about it.
Today’s topic is not a lighthearted one, however. The earthquake in Chile and the tsunami warnings for Hawaii and other Pacific locations are on my mind. There’s nothing going on in my life that’s more frightening or more interesting than that. I keep going back to the television as though I’m driving past a horrid car accident. I don’t want to look; I try not to look; I look anyway. My thoughts and prayers are with the folks in Chile and those in the path of the tsunami.
Have you ever looked at the USGS online map of “Latest Earthquakes in the World?” Check it out. I was interested to see that Japan also experienced an earthquake yesterday, one of 7.0 magnitude. I hadn’t heard about that. I also didn’t know Chile has experienced more than 50 earthquakes of greater than 5.0 magnitude today. Argentina had a 6.3 earthquake today.
I’ve only felt one earthquake in my life. It was 5.2 magnitude and hit southern Illinois in 1968. I was working on the fourth floor of a downtown building in Champaign, Illinois (east central part of the state), when we heard a sharp bang and felt the building shudder. We thought the elevator had crashed four stories and hit ground level. We finally realized we were experiencing an earthquake when the building continued to sway and the floor seemed to roll under our feet. That was a minor quake. I can’t even imagine how a massive earthquake like the one in Chile would feel. I’d rather not find out.
While I was cruising for news about these events, I came across a Denver Post article about the swarm of small tremors that hit Yellowstone National Park in January and February this year. Over 1,800 of them. That’s the second largest swarm in Yellowstone’s history (at least, in its recorded history). As soon as the earth trembles in Yellowstone, scientists get nervous and bloggers get all excited and everyone starts talking about harmonic tremors versus tectonic tremors and what’s going to happen next.
There’s a volcano down there, you see. Right there in Yellowstone National Park. That’s in Wyoming. Just to the north of Colorado.