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By: clearlakemike, 8:07 PM GMT on August 27, 2006
Bug, a very belated thank you very much for your comment and info/links you posted a couple of blog entires back on my blog. Am now just getting caught up on it and beginning to look at all the amazing sepia toned and b&w photos and read the fascinating narrative. I did not realize that you were also in a seismically active area as well!
And now I am unexpectedly reading and studying with great interest also, WCSC Hurricane Center
and following this:
I am scheduled to fly into Norfolk, VA next Saturday late afternoon and then was planning to drive a couple of hours south onto the Outer Banks for a about a week visit. Not sure I am going to be doing that now! Also, my mother and other relatives, and possibly you, Bug, may be in the path of Ernesto, so am keeping an eye on this as well.
Was listening to a fascinating book on audio in the car yesterday on a long roundtrip drive, A Crack in the Edge of the World, by Simon Winchester. The reviews on his book are mixed but it was for me a fascinating tale of the 1906 San Francisco quake, and other geological events interwined in the story, that was never the less interesting to listen to on a beautiful drive through a calm Northern California afternoon, riding along the golden hills and green oaks, past and over some of what the author was describing.
A lot of people, even local residents, don't know that Charleston has it's share of earthquakes.
Several faults run through the Lowcountry, many miles beneath the surface. Their exact locations are not known. Experts cannot predict when the next major earthquake will occur, but many feel it could happen at any time. Each year, South Carolina has 10-15 small earthquakes which may relieve pressure in the Earth's crust or which might be a precursor to a much larger earthquake. Experts estimate that today, an earthquake comparable in magnitude to that of the 1886 earthquake would kill 500 to 2,000 people and injure thousands of others.
Our last "Big One":
1886 Charleston, SC Earthquake
And there is a monitoring center at Charleston Southern University Earthquake Center
Bug, got a page not found on this link?
By: clearlakemike, 4:23 PM GMT on August 23, 2006
The Town of Harmony grew up around a dairy, founding in 1869.
Until 1907 the creamery changed hands several times. In these early days rivalries and feuding among dairy farmers caused chaos in the valley. After one shooting death, a truce was called. All agreed to live henceforth in harmony, and from this the name of the towne was derived.
In 1901 M. H. Salmina established the Harmony Valley Co-operative Dairy. The town of Harmony prospered with this business. In its heyday, the village boasted a large residence for management, bunkhouses for employees, a general store, a livery and stable, blacksmith, feed store, post office and a school house.
The Harmony Dairy produced besides milk and cream some of the finest butter and cheese in the state. In those days, Highway 1 ran right through the town and motorists were treated to ladles of buttermilk from the dairy.
William Randolf Hearst was a familiar face as he stopped off for fresh dairy products on his way to his ranch. Rudolf Valentino and Pola Negra stopped in Harmony on their way to visit Hearst.
Eventually, the dairy business shifted to San Luis Obispo, and in the late 1950s Harmony Dairy was closed. For many years the town was abandoned with the exception of the post office which remained open.
Restoration began in 1972, with loving care, to bring back the beauty and vitality of the Harmony of years ago.
FROM CENTRAL COAST TOURIST
Small quake near Berkeley
Updated: 6:36 AM GMT on August 24, 2006
By: clearlakemike, 4:34 AM GMT on August 03, 2006
4.4 Earthquake - North San Francisco Bay Area
Local news report
Ten second "light" earthquake...felt pretty strong here in San Francisco, twisted and shook the top of my house very noticeably for about 3-5 seconds...
Updated: 10:27 PM GMT on August 08, 2006