a weblog by Schuyler D. Erle
Wed, 30 Jul 2003
I discovered this little prognostication last night after being woken from a nap by a Richter 4.0 earthquake about 25 miles north of where I live, near Santa Rosa, California. The quake itself only lasted for a few seconds, shaking the house as if a large truck was passing right outside -- except that the house is over a thousand feet from the nearest road that could possibly carry such a truck at the requisite speed to cause that amount of shaking. It was just enough to yield that amazing moment of confusion wherein you can't figure out what the fuck is going on, before it dawns on you that the shaking couldn't be anything other than terra firma suddenly going not-so-firma.
So wouldn't you know it but that, according to the USGS, although there would be far worse places for an earthquake to happen around here, the most likely fault to go off in the next three decades, at a predicted magnitude of 7.0, is none other than the Rodgers Creek, which runs smack dab through the middle of Santa Rosa. We're talking down the street from my house, folks. And to think PG&E; wanted to build a nuclear power plant near here.
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