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What Earthquake? – Ring Out the Old Year

Being about 14 hours apart in time zones, I look forward to hearing from my daughters either in the morning or in the evening. I woke up to this text: “I have not been affected by the earthquake. …”


Not only was the event something that didn’t make news in Canada, the 6.5 quake along the S.E. Pacific portion of the Ring of Fire didn’t even warrant a warning in Bali where the girls were staying. Quakes are a common occurrence around the horseshoe-shaped circum-Pacific belt. The volcanoes in Indonesia are especially active. Most of these eruptions are far below sea level and don’t cause much damage – if any. December 7th’s temblor originated about 10 kilometers below sea level and directed itself at northern Sumatra. It wreaked havoc, killing more than 100 people.

WHEW, that was a close one!

Since then, to ring in the Christmas season, … there have been 9 earthquakes in that area over the holiday week. And, to cap it off on the final day of the year, … another hit northern Sumatra. But, fortunately, it was 72 kilometers down and no injuries were reported.

I am SO glad my girls came home for Christmas!



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