17 May 2012

Happiness is...

Gwen and Mandi
at the
Mommy-Daughter Olympics
This is one of my absolute favorite pictures of these two.
I love the ladies in my life.

17 April 2012

Shaking about Quaking?

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here, but I thought this was worth it.
After receiving several "Breaking News" emails from CNN And FOX over the last several days, about numerous earthquakes around the globe, and a myriad of tornadoes ripping across the mid-west, I decided to hit the USGS website today to try to dig up more details:

Real-time Earthquake Map
I found a wonderfully useful real-time map that shows earthquakese that are happening all around the world, and will let you zoom in for closer inspection.

You'll be interested to know that there have been 7160 earthquakes in the past 30 days around the world... 38 in the USA in the last week that were 2.5 magnitude or greater; all of which are shown in this screenshot.

Utah (and I imagine other states) has been ramping up on Emergency Preparedness awareness as-of-late, and it's not hard to imagine why.

Today is the "Utah ShakeOut" -- earthquake simulation to ensure that communication protocols recently put in place are working and effective.

Residents are to call their "block captains" between the hours of 10:00am to 12:00pm Mountain time to "check-in" and let them know they are ok.  The block captains will then report to their team captains, who will then continue reporting up the chain until the city and state are notified with updates from everyone.

With as much activity as has been going on as-of-late, I'm surprised we're not doing this for real.  Now that's not to get everyone scared out-of-their-pants, but we all need to be aware that this is going on.

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."

Please, if you know who your block captains are, make efforts to contact them tomorrow so we can prove that this communication system will work.  Who knows if we won't be doing this for real someday.  (Did I mention the 4.2 magnitude quake in Panguitch, UT that happened on 12 April, just 5 days ago?!)

Best of luck to all involved in the Shakeout today.  And thanks to the USGS for providing the real-time map of quakes going on.