Earthquake in Ajax, Ontario May 9th. At 2.4, it only made a few lines of news, but has the ability to get one's action. That's because the most famous earthquakes are covered widely in the news and the images and stories tell of hundreds of thousands of people dead and total destruction of landscapes. Time Magazine calls them unforgiving. I would guess that we remember the after-Christmas Tsunami of 2004, particularly the pictures that hit the paper immediately and then were withdrawn.
California had an earthquake in Banning California on May 8th, at 4.5 magnitude. This carried a red banner. They've had 5 temblors in 18 hours. This is one of many - California's earthquakes are tracked on earthquaketrack.com. Here's California's summary:
38 earthquakes in the past 24 hours
169 earthquakes in the past 7 days
639 earthquakes int he past 30 days
7,968 earthquakes in the past 365 days
Ouch! That's a lot to deal with. That would make the score California 7,968, Ontario 1.
The referenced source for dealing with earthquakes is Robert S. Yeats' Living with Earthquakes in California, published in 2001. It is subtitled A Survivor's Guide. It covers what citizens can do to protect their families and homes. Other earthquake-preparation checklists are available - here's one in a Los Angeles Times article HERE. The expert, Trent Sanders, has a storage bin in the back yard. He says to be prepared that the house and garage will be damaged or on fire.
We live a safe and calm existence here in Ontario. Yesterday's excitement was visiting Freeman Herbs and Gaeta Bougainvilleas to pick up donations for the plant sale on Saturday. I got to see thousands of bougainvilleas in the greenhouses. One has to appreciate the sight of the blossoms strewn on the ground. They are moving out to the garden centres this and next week. I recognized many of the place names. Some lovely bougainvillea trees were going to Plant World. That was my local and fabulous garden centre in Toronto.