Monday, January 07, 2019
Ignorance is Bliss
So I'm catching up on The Transylvania Times (I'm a bit behind, and they're piling up) when I come across this rather distrubing headline: “Wednesday Morning Earthquake Felt In Transylvania.”
Wait … what?
Yes Virgina, an earthquake in the southeast United States.
I know eathquakes happen along the Pacific Coast (like California, the land of Shake and Bake). I also know they happened in Missouri (although rare, when it happens, it happens). But in the East? The East is supposed to be stable. Rock solid (ahem). Not shifting underneath our very feet. I am disquieted by this news.
As I fall deeper into this whole “East Coast Earthquake Zone,” it appears to be all too true. There's a fault line that runs from Alabama northeast to Newfoundland, Canada, and it runs about six miles east of Brevard.
I … I don't know how I feel about this. I admit, I have an irrational fear of earthquakes. I don't know why, I just do. Hurricanes? Please … don't bother me unless it's a category 4. An earthquake? Even a relatively minor 2 on the Richter scale (and this one was a 4.4)? Aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Run away!
And the kicker in all this? This fault line has a name. It's name is the Brevard Fault! No, really.
Now I really have no idea how I feel about this.