Monday, May 14, 2018
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Seeing the news coverage on the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis is horrendous. Possibly because Japan is such a modern country and the coverage more live breaking we are able to stay more currently informed. This one is also affecting such a large part of our planet makes and with the Nuclear Power Plants at risk makes it more terrifying. While I now live in the mountains of the Blue Ridge we are not immune to such an event. Living in Florida most of my life, you are somewhat aware a Tsunami was a possibility but there was more danger from a hurricane, been there - did that – three times.
Now, in the mountains we are considered in a ‘yellow zone’ for earthquakes – a possibility but nowhere near as critical as the New Madrid. The New Madrid fault runs North and South along the Mississippi and is centered in Missouri. It is considered a ‘red zone’, the same as Japan though, of course, Japan has earthquakes with a much greater frequency.
The Blue Ridge mountains are laced with fault lines and the New Madrid is only a few hundred miles west of here.
This is the fault line that in 1811 and 1812 that caused four earthquakes with estimated magnitudes between 7.5 and 8.0 that struck over Christmas and New Years and the scientists now say threw the Mississippi River out of its banks and caused it to flow backwards.
At that time damage occurred as far away as Washington D.C. and Charleston, S.C. For the entire story check out the link, it will definitely get your attention.
It frightens me to think how much worse it would be now, IF an earthquake or earthquakes of these intensities should occur again. So many major cities along this fault line were built without knowledge of its existence and unlike Japan none of the buildings were built with an earthquake in mind. Instead of an ocean Tsunami, we'd have a river Tsunami and think about the cities along that long, wide river! Actually the Japanese word "Tsunami" means 'baywave'.
Possibly now would be a good time for us, the people in this country to address the possible event on an earthquake right here. Scientists are warning this fault line is endanger of once again ‘slipping’ and causing an event.
While we assist Japan all we can – we should begin to look at the dangers here, not only the serious danger in California but the danger in heart of the United States. Stop and think for a moment what an earth quake or a series of them like those in 1811 and 1812 would be like today along the New Madrid and the cities that now line the Mississippi River.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Turning points, life is full of them and its only taken me forever to recognize that. I've finally climbed over a major one, a move from a life long home in Florida (yea the over-heat state) to North Carolina the land of mountains, cool running streams, endless mountian forests where my overactive imagination just went into hyper-drive. The climate here is so much more productive. Now in defense of Florida I must say I did enjoy most of the time I lived there, not just the last - Oh, four or five years, since the hurricanes payed us a visit. I never realized how much one of those storms changes things. Not only do they destroy existing things, houses, cars, landscapes - lives but the entire attitude of the area changed. It was amazing. I can really empathize with the victums of Katrina. Now to look forward, I do have a date when Star TyGer will be released thanks to the patience and continued support of Midnight Showcase - Star TyGer is contracted to be released in March of 2011, followed by the Sequel - Revenge - Immortal in April of 2011. Due to this move and some horrific events that came with it - I was delayed in completing them. For now - I'm also polishing my next submissions of a very exiciting and dramtic erotic piece of Science Fiction/Fantasy tentatively titled Blood Of The Ruby Thrones - and Atlantis Vortex is next on my list for several fans who have remained loyal and requested that book on several ocassions. My thanks to them.