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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shaken *and* stirred

Our prayers go out for our many friends and family on the east coast, who are dealing with aftershocks from Tuesday's earthquake in Virginia and now must also brace themselves for the arrival of a hurricane. The projected storm track at this hour indicates that Hurricane Irene is going to do some substantial damage from North Carolina to New England.

The tides were expected to be especially high this weekend even without the storm. And there are a couple of dozen nuclear power plants along that route, many of them more than 30 years old.

A couple of friends of ours headed back to the Jersey Shore just yesterday, hoping for some big surf. They may be getting a little more than they bargained for.

Let's hope that hurricane takes a right and blows back out to sea.

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We spent last November in Hope Town in the Abacos in the Bahamas. It was a very quiet, quaint little place. Our rental housing was a simple, very small, little cottage right on the beach overlooking the entrance to the harbour at Hope Town. The elderly and infirm ex-pat English owners lived in the house behind the one we rented from them.
The full force of Hurricane Irene will pass right over this charming place. An 11 ft storm surge will take out everything! never mind 135 mph winds!
It rained hard one day while we were there and the narrow street down to the little grocery 4 blocks away, was flooded with 2 feet of water for 2 days.
The rich folks' houses that are rarely occupied sitting on top of the dunes to better view the sea, will probably be blown away, but the people living in "the settlements" (towns) around the Bahamian Islands will be suffering and needy for months to come.

Some speculation that this EQ was caused by fracking. Many areas have banned fracking and their EQs have gone down significantly.

The likely hood of an EQ on the East Coast is extremely rare.

Fear not. We're prepared. Metro is arming bus drivers with chain saws.


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