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Apocalyptic California [Nov. 26th, 2002|07:03 am]
Now that most of the trees which lose their leaves in fall are bare, I have a better view of the eastern sky. This morning, as it began to pale, I saw an unusual cloud formation. It was like a dark river flowing up from the southeast. As I watched, jagged streaks of deep red formed across it. Already eerie, it became even stranger as it began to glow. I suspect that a great deal of it consists of smoke from the forest fires now burning east of Sacramento. It is rather late in the year for fires, but the unusually dry and windy conditions caused several debris burns on logged-over land to go out of control. It makes for a spectacular (if somewhat disturbing) sunrise.

Also rather ominous, there has been another small earthquake near San Ramon, east of San Francisco. If you go to the U.S.G.S. map of recent earthquakes, the latest one may still be shown in red. (The icon changes color one hour after an earthquake.) You can also look at the list of recent earthquakes and see how much activity there has been around San Ramon in the last few days. Quite impressive. I don't know if something big is building up, or not. Sometimes swarms of small quakes are only that. Sometimes they are harbingers of a major seismic event. Keep an eye on the news.

[User Picture]From: paul
2002-11-26 09:08 am (UTC)
Of course a major event is coming to SF soon, because I am coming. And if I've learned anything over all these years it's that untold amounts of death and destruction follow me round like Mary's little lamb.

Keep an eye out on the news channels on December 16th (about 5.30pm), or even better, hide under the kitchen table. You won't regret it!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2002-11-26 04:52 pm (UTC)
Mary's little lamb is a stalker!

I'm probably far enough from San Francisco (about 140 miles) to be out of the range of the worst effects of any major disasters that might strike the place as a result of your (or the lamb's) arrival. However, since so many of the products I buy are either made in the bay area, or are shipped through it, I'll be sure to stock up on them before December 16th. Thanks for the warning!
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[User Picture]From: paul
2002-11-27 09:45 am (UTC)


Well I'll be nearer Folsom than SF once I have landed, so assuming I can get out of the bay region quickly enough everyone should be safe. I hope.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2002-11-27 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, Folsom is considerably closer than San Francisco. (About 80 miles south, in fact.) Luckily, I'm not downstream from there, so I won't have to flee when the dam breaks!
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