barfle wrote:... I asked some of the locals about earthquakes. They said they didn't get them...
There were earthquakes when my folks lived in Hawaii (I was there too, but not paying attention to such things.) Those islands are the tops of great, big, tall, fairly active volcanos, and such places get earthquakes.
I know I've told this story before but here it goes again. Quite some time ago there was a fairly strong earthquake that we must have been fairly close to the epicenter of, because there were all three shocks. The vertical jolts, followed by the sharp horizontal shocks and then after a little space the rolling waves came through. By the time the waves arrived, there were three of us standing barefoot in our nighties in the middle of the street holding our respective babies - me, the lady from Japan, and the lady from Hawaii. All of us had grown up in earthquake country, and all of us had the exact same response to a tremor: snatch the baby and get out of the house. (We also all felt somewhat foolish to have awakened in the street, barefoot in our nighties holding babies) About the time the rest of the neighborhood was asking "Is everyone all right? Did anything fall?" we went back in.
I called the sister-in-law in Hali'ewa, she and the nieces in Mililani are OK but the nieces wish they had gas stoves instead of electric.