Friday, January 29, 2016

Shake It, Baby, Shake It

We had another earthquake (series) before 5:30 Monday morning (click here if you don't know about last week's quakes). One was magnitude 6.3 (or so) and really shook things up. However, it was at the same spot around 145 km/90 miles from here off the north coast of Africa and we didn't have any damage.

(Click the images to increase the magnitude.)

AFTER MONDAY MORNING'S QUAKE,
WE SAW THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA (AND THEN A BIT HERE).

This time, the cats did feel it and they did panic. They were under the bed for the next few hours and even took some coaxing to come out and get their morning food and treats. And when Moose doesn't whine for fresh food and water and Dudo doesn't demand his morning treat, we know something's wrong.

MELILLA, A SPANISH CITY ON THE NORTH COAST OF AFRICA
(SOUTHEAST OF THE QUAKE), SUFFERED A LOT OF LIGHT DAMAGE.
MY MONDAY AFTERNOON WALK ON THE BEACH UNDER A DRAMATIC SKY.
FISHING BOATS MOSTLY BACK IN PORT UNTIL SUNSET.

I called the Kid Brother Monday night. He was telling me about the mess the snow had made of the  New York City streets.

"The sidewalk is clean. The street is clean. But you can't get to the street from the sidewalk!" he groaned.

I made the mistake of asking a question too complex for him to process and I realized when I had almost finished the question, so just let it go.

"What would you rather have, Chuck, snow or earthquakes?"

"Sunshine!" he blurted.


Come on over, Chuck, whole lotta shakin' goin' on — and sunshine.

28 comments:

  1. I'm with the Kid Brother... give me sunshine! Do you get tremors so strong they'd shake a glass of water off the counter? I've never experienced anything like this... just having pictures move around a bit on the walls. Kind of scary....

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    1. Sharon:
      These are the first earthquakes we've felt since moving here. In other parts of Southern Spain, there have been some pretty serious ones, but all we've had is some shaking and swaying.

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  2. We wouldn't know what any of this would feel like, and hope we never will.
    Must be a bit unsettling, Mitch.
    But unlike the cats, you seemed to have survived it quite well as your beautiful photos show.
    Did you ever think that you'd be living a mere 90 miles from Africa?

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    1. Jim:
      I constantly marvel at our location. There are spots along the coast where you can actually see the African coast. I've got to get to one of those spots. Amazing to consider.

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  3. The only " quake" we ever experienced was when winnie fell ff the bed in the middle of the night

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    1. John:
      And THAT would have probably registered a lot higher on the Richter Scale than our recent tremors.

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  4. I'm with your brother, too! This morning we have sunshine, but it is still below freezing. But sunny skies make my spirits better.

    I experienced a minor earthquake in Mexico City years ago and a slightly bigger, though still small one in Nevada in the 1990s while at a conference. The one in Nevada shook the hotel enough to wake me and I noticed that the chandelier in the room was swaying. Other people slept through the whole thing.

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    1. Michael:
      I DO love sunny skies in winter, but don't cope well with below freezing... I don't cope well with below 70F, really. It's funny how many people we know here slept through it.

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  5. "Sunshine!" is the correct answer. Kid Brother nailed it. Hope all you boys have settled back down now.

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    1. Wilma:
      Well, there always seems to be something to get Dudo unsettled. Construction. Earthquakes. Tree removal. Earthquakes. Pavement jack-hammering. Motorcycle parade.

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  6. #I'mWithChuck.

    I love a good hashtag!

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  7. No quakes here, yet. Lots of sunshine though, and temps ranging from 30 to 65.

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    1. Frank:
      Hope it's beginning to feel like home. As for that temperature range. FROM 65 would make me happy unless it's 30C.

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    1. anne marie:
      Well, we've got plenty of that here.

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  9. Yikes! More earthquakes!
    True, true, sunshine is what we all crave :)

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    1. Judy:
      Sunshine and no earthquakes OR snow!

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  10. Glad you weathered this recent shake without any damage.

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    1. Stephen:
      The only damage is to the three other psyches in this house. Hope you and your family are ALL doing well today!

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  11. Chuck got it in one! So glad the four of you are okay. =)

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    1. Jacqueline:
      I think Dudo's still not convinced all is well. A motorcycle parade went by today and he hid in the bathroom for more than an hour.

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  12. Along with others, I cast my vote for Kid Brother's idea.

    I've experienced two earthquakes, one mild one when I was about 13. My siblings and I felt the furniture move under us and looked at each other wondering what just happened. When I noticed the leaves on the houseplants moving, I realized what it was. Oddly, not knowing what else to do, we went outside and looked around. Earth was still there. But it had just...moved...under our feet. :)

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    1. Michelle:
      Yep. Everyone seems to agree with the Kid Brother.

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  13. I am glad we haven't had an recent earthquakes here, for the GOP would no doubt interpret it as God's wrath for whatever agenda they are pushing at the moment.

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    1. Spo:
      I think our recent earthquakes are warnings that the GOP had better cut the crap.

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  14. We experiences earthquakes in various posts during my career, Mexico City almost daily little tremors, Rome a big one which happened in the early hours of the morning and woke us up, no damage. Here in Ottawa which shook the house but again no damage. It is always unsettling to say the least and animals feel it more than we do.

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    1. Laurent:
      I had no idea you've had them in Ottowa, but then I shouldn't be surprised. We were surprised when the cats didn't notice anything in the first series, but they made up for it this last time.

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