If we're friends in real life, or on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or simply read this blog, you'll know that I love to harass people about preparing for the worst. Not because I'm just a pessimist, but because I know full well that really horrible things tend to happen to really good people.
If you live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest like I do, you know full well that we are in an earthquake zone... and Seattle itself has a lovely fault line that runs right through the city. So it's in all of our best interests to make sure we have some supplies and a plan if something catastrophic were to happen. And it's not like we don't also live near volcanoes, or have some very interesting winter weather occasionally (flooding and power outages for weeks on end- 2006, anyone?).
You've got an emergency kit, right? If you don't, go to Amazon.com or Cheaper Than Dirt, find an old backpack and stuff that thing full of food and emergency supplies. It's fun to put together, and then I'll stop fretting over whether or not my friends and family are prepared if something were to happen.
So yesterday the news blew up with details regarding minor earthquakes in Virginia and Colorado. They weren't really noteworthy in size, but they were quite unexpected as far as location goes. Given the catastrophic quakes that have occurred in the last few years, it was a relief to hear that these two events were relatively tame. And not only was a greater sense of earthquake awareness born, but also a hilarious meme regarding these 'giant' quakes.
There was also one that was so bad that I cringed and laughed out loud, and then realized that I'm going straight to hell when I die, so I tried to atone for my sins by making a donation to a related non-profit foundation. If you want to see it, go here... But I warn you, it may make you feel soulless.