I think spring is most likely an Oregonian’s favorite season and we arrived just in time. The weather has once again turned gorgeous this past week. We’ve visited the coast again, witnessed the tulip festival, and discovered a gorgeous (yet another) park close to our home. We explored the park twice already because it’s only four miles away.
Last week we saw the inevitable gigantic hail stone pictures coming out of Texas. We were glad to hear all our friends and family were okay. It certainly served as a reminder of one of the reasons we left Texas. That’s not to say Oregon doesn’t have its own set of challenges.
You’ve seen rock and mudslides on the news…nothing to balk at for sure. This week brought a very interesting natural event that we knew was coming (eventually). We were watching our normal Sunday night lineup of programs when we felt the apartment lift then sway and rumble a little. I didn’t have to ask but I found myself saying it anyway….”What was that?”. Probably a much cleaner version of events that actually occurred, but you get the idea. We had received a sheet from the complex on what to do in the event of an earthquake. It’s not too far from what you should do in a tornado. Within minutes I found that the USGS reported that the earthquake was 3.3 magnitude and about 10 miles from us. I’m thankful this happened for a couple reasons. 1) it was relatively small 2) it wasn’t that far away. It gives me an idea of what to expect from now on…and how to judge the severity. I’ve spoken with a few people in Texas that basically said “nope, I’ll take the tornados on the surface of the sun thank you very much”. Not us…while Ginger will miss the storms and lightning…I won’t. After the last tornado and hail storm we went through took out our roof, I knew I didn’t want to be in tornado alley any longer.
The idea of a severe earthquake scares the crap out of us, but what are you going to do? You have to pick your poison. No place is without faults, it just so happens in Oregon they lie beneath the surface a few meters.