Be forewarned, this post has nothing to do with writing. Today I'm kicking it retro and trying something educational. Bear with me.
Some of you may know I live in Utah and that we had a minor 4.9 earthquake yesterday. No, I didn't feel it and I'm really nowhere near where it happened, but let me tell you something about Utah. The mountains are gorgeous and most of the cities are built right against them. That means the majority of us live on or pretty darn close to a fault line.
I did some research last night because it feels like there have been an inordinate amount of natural disasters occuring lately. First all the earthquakes and now the Icelandic volcano. It made me wonder what was triggering all of it.
I figured out there are basically three groups of thought out there when it comes to the recent seismic activity.
1 - People (mostly scientists, but pfft...what do they know) who say there isn't an increase, we're just paying more attention now.
2 - People who believe it has some form of religious significance.
3 - People who think it is being caused by either spies or aliens--no, I'm not kidding.
Here is the only confirmed truth I found in my research. No matter what is causing it or whether it has, indeed, increased or not--it's never a bad idea to be prepared.
So, take a few minutes and check out this website on earthquake preparedness. I had a talk with my kids about it this morning, and I'm glad I did. Hopefully, we'll never need the tips we talked about, but if so--I feel better knowing the we all know what to do.