As of the end of the week, we've been looking down the barrel of a powerful named storm, the kind that cause flooding, power outages and general mayhem in these parts.
No one can predict what the storm named Irene has in store for
Regardless of how, or if, we end up remembering Irene, it'll be a long time before anyone forgets this week's other display of nature's power: the rare
And talk about unpredictable. Earthquakes in
Along the Pacific Rim in places like California and
For a generation of us from these parts, it'll be something to talk about for years to come.
"Yeah, we had an earthquake back in 2011. Really shook things up," we'll be able to joke. Fortunately, it wasn't so much of a natural disaster like the quakes that make the news in Japan.
It was really more of a natural inconvenience. It was enough to make you think, though, how frightening a quake in the 7 or 8 range really is.