For reasons I don't understand I often read the Times Colonist online before I go out to the front porch and pick up the morning's print edition.
This morning the online paper had this headline, "Tsunami warning for B.C. coast and Vancouver Island cancelled after 7.5 magnitude quake."
Once again I'm left wondering "what tsunami, what quake? What is it this time?" The only conclusion I can draw is that if, when, we do get hit by the Big One I won't know about it until my house starts hopping around or gets swept away on some mega-wave.
Deep sleepers are at some disadvantage. Many times I've been in line at the grocery store and heard locals going on about the latest quake. I try to turn away if they start looking at me for my input. I never have any nice anecdotes to add. Some talk about their furniture moving. Another had her baseboards pop off. Pictures fall off walls. Windows rattle. They wake up to feel the room quivering a bit. Sorry, nothing here, even my old beagle doesn't wake up any more.
It could be I'm finally getting immunized with Andean Fatalism although I do keep a good stock of first aid supplies, food and water as well as fishing and hunting gear. Many of us do at least some disaster preparedness in our homes.
Still, there's something about always finding out about these quakes and waves long after they're over.