“It’s a twister!” or not

We headed out Route 70 East, through the grasslands of Colorado, and  into Kansas. Being a lifelong fan of The Wizard of Oz (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/), I, of course, continually scanned the sky for signs of approaching tornadoes. I also kept a sharp eye out for turn offs, ditches, and bridges to race to if a twister suddenly materialized in front of us, and I had to get to safety. For good measure, I turned the radio on to a local station. Sure enough, the announcer was just in with the latest on the damage in southern Kansas from this morning’s …. earthquake. Earthquake? Here I am, scanning the sky for pea green clouds and funnels, when I should be looking below my feet to be sure the earth is really still there. Earthquakes in Kansas? Time for me to revisit my geology  and to quit worrying. Running for a turn off, a ditch, or a bridge isn’t going to stop a twister or an earthquake. Time to just relax and enjoy the company of my dogs. I changed the radio station back to something uplifting.

Earthquakes in Kansas October 2014      http://news.lalate.com/2014/10/02/kansas-earthquake-today-2014-strikes-harper/

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