Senin, 21 Maret 2011

Survive a Mega-Quake

The History Channel is airing a program tonight about the possibility of a 10 mega-quake in the Midwest of the U.S.A. I, for one, am going to watch this program, not because I believe in doomsday rhetoric, but because earthquakes are a part of everyday life living on this planet.

There is no doubt that California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois and some southern states are due for a big one. If it happens on the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon and Washington, the whole Pacific Ring of Fire area can expect tidal waves of historic power and devastation, to say nothing of the damage it and the earthquake will cause coastal cities in northern California, Oregon and Washington. It is also no secret that the San Andreas fault in California is also due for a monster earthquake.

One might think that living in northern Arizona means safety from these events. Think again - we have a dormant volcano in the San Francisco Peaks and a mega-quake could bring the beast back alive to wreck havoc. California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska have huge volcanoes that also could be awakened after a mega-quake. Remember Mount St. Helen's? I do, and the lesson learned was that it can happen in your back yard.

Some would say you might as well kiss your booty good-bye if a mega-quake and/or a tsunami were to happen close to your town. One might even think, What’s the use in even trying to survive something as horrible as what the Japanese are now experiencing? The truth of matter is simply this; humans are survivors, even if they think they are not. You will instinctively try to survive a catastrophe whether you want to or not. Knowing this should encourage you to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Instant video and voice communication make knowledge of catastrophic events known instantly in today's world. It would seem the world is falling apart at the seams. The truth is that instant communications are a phenomenon relatively new to the world scene and it only seems that these horrible events are just now starting to happen, when in reality they have been going on for millions if not billions of years. A short fifty years ago, you would only see the results of world disasters on Movietone News at your local theater weeks after the event happened. If a disaster happened in a remote area of the world, you might not hear about it at all. Now we see and hear about them in real time. The pressure of modern society weighs heavy on all of us and and there is no doubt that we are greatly affected by the horrible events we are being bombarded with on a daily basis.

A survival kit in the home, along with a supply of drinking water and packaged food, is actually a good idea. A similar kit in the family car makes sense too. Don't forget the T.P.

I'm just saying,


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