Not feeling it

No doubt you’ve heard about the recent California earthquake and all the death and disaster that didn’t happen. Up here in the not so frozen Pacific north west we didn’t feel a thing, yet we too have been having Quakes up to 6.3 Magnitude only the other day. The thing is, all our quakes tend to be old school Canadian and happen hundreds of kilometres offshore so as not to, heavens forfend, disturb anyone.

As a matter of good housekeeping chez maison Sticker we have a fourteen day grab bag set by in case the big one really comes. Usual thing, blankets, fire starter, water, food, first aid kit. Not that we’re likely to need it. My fishing gear sits ready, then there’s my hunting kit. Must replace the arrow shafts and practice my archery skills a little more often, but that’s all. Might even put money by for a decent quality crossbow. My hunting points got lost in a house move, so they’ll need replacing and I have a small boot knife which can double as a butchery / skinning tool, so yes, we’re as prepared as we can be. There’s even a propane barbecue and a butane stove. No eating out of cans for us. Worst case scenario we’re dead and won’t care anyway, otherwise we’ll have food, water, communications and shelter.

Of course the mainstream media have tried to make a drama out of a minor crisis, but what the hey, they’re in showbiz, which is what most news is nowadays. Enough fact mixed in for credibilities sake, but the rest a hodge-podge of poorly informed speculation. The last big quake that hit Vancouver Island was in 1946 there were only two deaths. One from a heart attack and the other drowned when his dinghy got swamped. So colour me an old fogey for not feeling the fear. Whatever happens, we’ll cope.

4 thoughts on “Not feeling it”

  1. There was one in Brittany not long after I arrived, so it must have been about 1996. My bed shook a bit for about half a minute. No damage done anywhere, and not very impressive at all. But at least I have some idea of what it feels like.

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    1. I’ve experienced a grand total of four that were actually felt. Two in the UK, one of which rattled a picture hanging on the wall, the other two over here in BC. None of them were anything to write home about. All around magnitude 4-5.

      I think it’s like wind. A force 4-5 can blow you about a bit but isn’t terribly dangerous. Force 6 will make you bring in the washing and you don’t want to be out in a force 7-8.

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    1. All of the quake’s I have experienced have been like a heavy truck driving by the house. The largest was about a 4.3 magnitude with the epicentre around sixty kilometres away. Woke up, saw nothing was damaged, went straight back to sleep.

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