Last night one of our local news stations had a half an hour program about earthquakes. Apparently the area where we live hasn't had a large earthquake in a long time. So, we're due. We basically live on the San Andreas Fault. So, I watched this show... and I did glean a few important things. But mostly, I learned how to put on a news show about earthquakes. Here are a few things I thought you should know about this very important subject:
- If you're going out to visit a fault like - drive a Hummer. Then, at least if there is a huge quake and the earth swallows you, you'll look cool.
- Use dramatic banjo music when talking about Southern California. Betcha didn't know they HAD dramatic banjo music, did ya?!
- Use really bad camera work to simulate what it will look like if you have an earthquake.
- Use scare tactics by talking about all the CHILDREN who have DIED in earthquakes
- Did you know that San Diego and Los Angeles will be neighboring cities... in 15 million years. I love it when scientists make predictions that NO ONE living today will live to see. I guess they can never be proven wrong that way...
- Scientists make bets on earthquakes
- Did you know they have quakes on the moon? They are called: MOON QUAKES
- When the earth starts to shake, it will be too late to prepare.
- Preparation will either help you or kill you.
- If there aren't any BIG earthquakes in the recent past... go back a couple hundred years and talk about the big quake of 1609... yeah...
- Find some insane person to talk about the BEAUTY of a fault line.
- And now, my favorite quote from the evening: "Get some action on the seismograph"
So, as you can see, all in all it was a very informative half an hour. Good thing I had a Hershey's bar to keep me company...