Yup there was a tremor in South Africa today. One of the most stable parts of the world, no tidal waves, no blizzards, no hurricanes, no volcanic eruptions, no twisters, and hardly ever a (small) earthquake, that usually originates from mining activities.
Well this one apparently didn’t. Its epicenter has been calculated to be 10 km down, near Orkney. No mine goes that deep, in fact nothing man-made (unless “Virgil” from “The Core” is at work here). Of course you immediately got the self-flaggelating greenies going “we only have ourselves to blame” – mighty powerful feeling that, isn’t it, to be able to believe that humankind can start an earthquake of 5.3 at 10km depth! My, we are downright gods!
According to sources this tremor was felt all the way up to Botswana!
Hubbs was in the bathroom at the time. I asked him whether he’d felt the shake (I had literally seen the walls move), and he immediately apologized, promising to lie lower on eating onions.
When I got to see my kids, my two older ones hadn’t felt the quake but were aware of it; my monkey said she’d felt it clearly and half of her class fell off their chairs! (I would have loved to see that.) Also, my oldest reported that in a friend’s class, they were doing Macbeth, and the teacher had just intoned “That darkness does the face of earth entomb,” when the tremor started.
I’m now really really going to watch (or read) Dune.