Over the last 3 weeks California has been inundated with earthquakes. Actually, since California is always inundated with earthquakes, I should clarify that over the last few weeks we've been inundated with earthquakes we can feel. Looking at the various earthquake tracking sites it's quite apparent that earthquakes are happening all day, everyday, all over the world. Sitting upon the very active Pacific Plate and almost on top of the San Andreas Fault, Los Angeles County has its fair share of those quakes alone. However, most of the time they are too small or too deep for most of us to feel. That has not been the case this past month. We've had several that have been large enough (4s or higher) to feel. In fact, just last week we had a 5.1 that actually caused damage to homes, shut down power, and broke water mains near its epicenter.
Feeling these quakes, however small, is disconcerting. Of course, the news has been looking for a story since Malaysia Airline's headlines, and have been reporting that these quakes are leading to something bigger...THE BIG ONE! Scientists say that's not necessarily the case. Even so, there has been enough time in between each one we've felt to relax a little that when the next one hits, it does tend to rattle us a bit. I've straightened more pictures in the last few weeks than I have in all my life I think.
About an hour ago, I sat down on my bed to put my shoes on and after the first shoe, I could have sworn I felt one. The bed moved, the window creaked, the house moaned, for just a quick second or two. I sat up quickly and waited. During an earthquake you always stay still and wait for a moment to see if it's going to continue. Nothing more after that. After I finished getting ready, I checked the tracking sites and Facebook (because someone is always posting about earthquakes on FB) and there wasn't a peep about a tremor. Usually those sites are quickly up-to-date, but I checked again just a moment ago. There were a couple of small ones today, but not at the time I felt it. I'm assuming that the scientists tracking them are more knowledgeable than I am about it so I'm fairly certain that I simply thought I felt one. It seems as if our recent regular occurrences are now making me feel earthquakes even when we're not having one.
I hate earthquakes!
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