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Earthquake in Mexicali

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A firefighter and resident examine a fissure caused by the earthquake

A firefighter and resident examine a fissure caused by the earthquake

Things have been slow, this Holiday Season, even for Mexicali.

It was a little after 10:30 in the morning and I was watching my favorite show on TV – Two and a Half Men.

I don’t really care much for what Charlie Sheen has been up to in real life, but, on the show he is really terrific – so good that, sometimes, even Jim will watch.

It was the calm before the storm, so to speak. One could say “Twas like the night before Christmas, when all through the house…Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” – when all hell broke loose!

There was a rumble, and the house started shaking, and swaying, and swaying, then it kept on swaying. Matthew ran screaming out of his bedroom.

Jim came out of the bathroom, and shouted, “MaryAnn, Matthew, come here – we gotta stand under the doorway!”

Matthew said, “Are we gonna die? What if the earth splits open like in the movies!”

“Just keep quiet,” said Jim with a bit of nervousness in his voice.

Our dog, Rex, and the cats, Moss and Twiggy, didn’t do anything.  We thought animals had some kind of special way of sensing earthquakes, but not our guys.

Well, nothing fell, except for the coffee pot on the stove, and the house stood up great. I guess with all the earthquakes here, they know how to build houses that can take it.

Yes, folks, it was an earthquake, and a big one, rated as 5.8 on the Richter scale, and it started at 10:28:57am. It lasted only about 30 seconds, but it seemed much longer.

The center of the earthquake was just 23 miles south of Mexicali – which is where most of our earthquakes take place.

Why? Because that’s where the volcano is.

Yes, there is a volcano south of Mexicali, and it’s called the Cerro Prieto Volcano.

No one knows when the volcano last erupted, but the experts say it was probably within the past 10,000 years – so maybe we’re safe. We’ve driven by the volcano. Nearby is a geothermal plant to generate electricity.

Jim tells me the process is simple, “They just pump water down into some kinda special wells, and the steam gushes out.”

“Well, how does that make electricity?” I asked.

Jim thought a second, and said, “Turbines, and stuff.”

I like the fact that Jim always knows a lot of technical stuff like standing under doorways.

Steak at Sonorense

Steak at Sonorense

So it’s on to New Year.  Since there is too much traffic and waiting time to go across the border, we will be in Mexicali.

As usual, we have planned ahead, and it is going to be a big surprise for Matthew. First we are going to our favorite restaurant, Sonorense.

Then, and it is a secret from Matthew – we are going to take him to the movies – to see Avatar – Matthew’s gonna freak!



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