So Melbourne has had an earthquake terrifying the locals?
This somewhat belies the concept of the “Crocodile Dundee” hard man? A few bricks fell off a building? Big deal, A similar thing happened in Skobieville a few weeks back, with no earthquake whatsoever. I presume the bricks just decided to call it a day and die. Anyway the locals just shrugged and just went back to swilling cans of lager, shooting up heroin and backing horses. They are real Hard Men.
The people I feel sorry for are those poor sods in La Palma.
I don’t think I can imagine anything more terrifying than watching a fifteen foot high wall of molten rock slowly oozing its way towards my home with the knowledge that there is nothing whatsoever that I can do about it. It is the ultimate epitome of helplessness.
Flooded homes can be dried out and a lot of belongings saved. Fires are worse but in a worse case scenario you still have the land to rebuild. Volcanic eruptions though are one of the few areas where there is fuck all anyone can do except stand back and watch the mayhem. A lot of people would say you shouldn’t build in an area that has had previous geological upheavals? I’ll let you debate that with the residents of California.
I really feel sorry for those poor bastards of La Palma. They have lost everything except whatever they managed to grab before running. I suppose technically they still own the land but seeing as it is now buried under fifteen feet of rock, boulders and ash they’d be lucky to even determine where their land was, let alone having any use for it. I don’t think I’d want to rebuild there?
The Manor is built on [and of] igneous rock [granite] but that goes back a million years or so and wasn’t even volcanic in origin. The worst fear is a very minor fault line off the coast of Wales which gives an insignificant burp every few decades. It once even rattled the radiators on the wall and woke me up. I just went back to sleep and discovered the next day that it had actually been an earthquake that had toppled one chimney in Wales.
Just look on this and tremble.