But back to the Plate. I'm no seismologist, but the rapid occurrence of two major earthquakes on the west side of the Pacific Plate leads me to speculate that Russia is next, and then maybe Alaska. And I think anyone living in the Pacific Northwest and California is probably well-advised to get ready for something.
Steve and I have pretty good stores set by, but we could use water, so tomorrow I'm going shopping for the following things:
drinking water (lots)
5 gallon buckets
a gallon of SD alcohol
The need for drinking water is obvious. I know that it's something you're supposed to have on hand for emergencies, but I've never done anything about it. It's high time I did. One of the five gallon buckets and the toilet seat will be used for a composting toilet if it becomes necessary; I'm certainly not going to waste water flushing a conventional toilet. I have carbon already set up for my compost pile; it would be a simple matter to rig up some privacy and put together a composting toilet. In any case, an outdoor latrine is also possible, but I'd rather have a comfy seat. Lord knows, if the Big One hit, I'd have enough trouble doing my thing, as it were. A comfy place to sit would go a long way in that regard.
I have an outdoor stove that we purchased last summer, and lots of propane left in the tank, but the SD (special denatured, for those needing translation) alcohol is for burning in a tuna can-type home made camp stove, if necessary. I put one together to have on hand back when I lived in hurricane country; I can rig something up again if necessary again. I just want to have the fuel on hand if I need it.
I might also buy:
Just because I'm low on those, and they're easy.
It's very possible that nothing will happen. But the way that plate tectonics work, is that the plates release energy a little bit at a time, usually along the fault. I think you really grow up with this knowledge living in California; the San Andreas fault line runs through the better part of the state before heading out to sea a little south of Eureka, with everything east of the fault heading south, and everything west of the fault heading north; if something big hits the L.A. area, chances are that a little while later (days, weeks, months) something will happen in the Bay Area. It just makes sense to read the signs on the west side of the Pacific Plate and get ready for whatever might come along the line, as it were.
And if nothing happens?
I'll be that much closer to getting goal number twenty taken care of.