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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SHAKE AND BAKE_OUR LAST CHRISTMAS?



“You frighten me, when you say there isn't time."

"I don't see why. Christians have been expecting the imminent end of the world for millennia. 


"But it keeps not ending."
 
"So far, so good.”

Orson Scott Card, ENDER'S SHADOW




 “Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”
- Roger Zelazny, PRINCE OF CHAOS

“I hate people in general, but you guys are cool with me.”
- Abby, RETURN OF THE LAST SHAMAN


Did you know that the number of big earthquakes during the first three months of 2014 

was more than double the yearly average of what we have experienced since 1979? 

And did you know that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled in recent years?  

 For example, large holes are starting to mysteriously appear in Indiana near the New Madrid Fault Line.

A giant crack in the ground nearly a kilometer long has appeared in northern Mexico.  


Back during the early part of the 19th century, a series of immensely powerful earthquakes rattled the entire eastern half of the nation.  

 Documents that we have from that era say that those earthquakes were so powerful that they were felt more than 1,000 miles away.

This fault is so dangerous that it could literally change the shape of the country overnight.  

 In addition, retail powerhouse Wal-Mart is so concerned about the potential for a major quake 

that it “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this year.

 What we are watching happen is truly unprecedented.  

Oklahoma alone has experienced more than 2,300 earthquakes so far this year. 



If the super-volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption, 

it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States, 

damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants. 

It'd be a huge disaster.

 It would spew about 240 miles of ASH into the atmosphere, 

effectively shutting down electronic communications and air travel throughout the continent 

as it dispersed in what’s known as an “umbrella” cloud. 


How it lands depends on wind conditions,

 but cities closest to the eruption could end up blanketed in up to a meter of ash; 

those on the East, West and Gulf Coast would get smaller, but still disruptive, ash deposits of their own.

 Even in places where the ash layer is only millimeters thick, 

water supplies and crops would be ruined; 

it would be hard to drive, and people would develop respiratory problems. 

In 1815 with a much smaller eruption, there followed a year without summer.  

In essence, a Volcanic Winter.

 
Scientists assure us that Yellowstone will not blow.  

That wild animals in the National Park 

have been observed migrating AWAY from the area is just a coincidence.  

Am I trying to scream, DOOMSDAY 

No, of course not.  

But I notice so many grim faces in the stores and on the sidewalks, 

ignoring the wonders of the  Christmas Season.  

We take for granted that TOMORROW is promised us.

But a drunk driver, a heart attack, or mugger may rob us of that false promise.

That the world as we know it will end is not an IF but only a WHEN.  

Appreciate the people and blessings in your life while you still have them.


11 comments:

  1. I developed an obsession with the New Madrid fault when I was in 8th grade and we did a unit in my science class about earthquakes. Interesting stuff. Nothing is ever to be taken for granted.

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  2. Hopefully many smaller earthquakes are a way to dissipate bigger energies, and not omens...
    Still, your reminder to appreciate the people and the blessings in our lives is good any time...

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  3. Elephant's Child:
    I've missed you here. Now, at the holiday season with car accidents and last minute surgeries, my days as a rare blood courier are hectic!! It keeps me from visiting my friends as much as I want.

    L.G.:
    And I;ve missed you, too. Yes, I got into the Loch Ness Monster when I was in the 8th grade, and look where my fascination with monsters has gotten me!

    Vesper:
    Another one I have also missed! Wow. This is a great Christmas present!!

    I hope so, too. And appreciating the people and blessings in our lives is healing ... at least for me! :-)

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  4. The NM fault is nearly next door to me. YES, we must enjoy the enjoyable. I do not obsess with real life catastrophe, I live life instead. :)

    cyclical theme.T

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  5. Teresa:
    Worry never blackened one gray hair or paid one bill. So I think your plan is the best one. The Lakota believed all of life was a circle, the ultimate cycle. :-) Thanks for visiting and staying to comment.

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  6. and those we love every day. A big earthquake or volcanic eruption could happen at any time. But as for Oklahoma--scientists have confirmed that fracking has caused thousands of quakes there over the last several years. Talk about man made disasters!

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  7. Ready or not, doomsday will arrive in its own time.

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  8. Our planet's interior constantly shakes, rattles, and rolls. Scientists say the end comes in a billion years (give or take a few million) when earth explodes into the sun. Apparently, there's a cause-effect relationship in Okla. due to the fracking there. And so on, some man-made, some inherent in the earth's composition/structure. We need to be more respectful of how we treat our planet.

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  9. Helena:
    It is within Man's nature to destroy himself. Fracking until we create severe tremors seems rather counter-productive. We live atop plates floating on searing magma. Scientists say not to worry. But if fault lines are trembling already, it seems foolish to rock the boat!

    Donna:
    In the days of the Black Death, it was thought to be brought on by witches. Witches were thought to have cats as familiars, so they killed the cats, too. The cats which ate the rats which carried the fleas. Man only made matters worse. Man has a knack of doing that!

    Kittie:
    The next global catastrophe will undoubtedly catch us unawares, though looking back it will seem obvious it was going to happen.

    Best to appreciate those loved people in our lives while they are still here ... and the blessings, too!

    Thanks for visiting! :-)

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  10. We've been experience more earthquakes than normal too. Tis Mother Earth scratching her back, much like a dog with fleas.

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