Sunday, November 6, 2011

Week-in-review, Autumn Photography and Earthquakes

This week on The Past on a Plate:


In other news, it's finally looking like autumn around here! Yippee!
November 1, 2011

In more news, Paul and I felt our first earthquake last night. At first, we had absolutely no idea what was happening! Our entire house was shaking and the pictures were rattling on the walls. The epicenter of the 5.2 magnitude earthquake was actually near Sparks, OK. They had had another around 2:00 a.m. yesterday, as well. We didn't feel that one. To show you how far away we were from the epicenter:

My family is in Oklahoma City, so had to make an 11:00 p.m. phone call to my mom to make sure everyone was all right. Thankfully, they're OK. I'm just hoping there aren't any more any time soon--they've become much more common in Oklahoma in the last few years. I don't think it's a coincidence that earthquakes have become more common as natural gas companies increase their hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations. Here's a fracking infographic from Planetsave, with love from me to you, from my soapbox:


  1. I love it when the trees turn red and yellow, autumn is so wonderful. I'm glad you are OK, I've only ever experienced one earthquake in my life when I was little. Thankfully there are almost no earthquakes in Belgium!

  2. Yes, I agree ~STOP fracking, it is causing earthquakes and is SUPER scary!
    LOVELY week in review photos and also beautiful Autumn photos!

  3. I used to live in LA so am used to a tremor or two It can be scary if you don't know what's happening. Great guide on Fracking. Thanks!

  4. Love the trees in autumn. Unfortunately around here we've already had a major snow storm and most of the leaves hanging on the trees are kind of a dull greenish yellow. Oh well, there's always next year.

    Didn't know about this 'fracking' business until you pointed it out, Lauren. Wow. Makes sense to stop doing it, especially near faultlines. You'd think that would be common sense.

  5. Your photos are wonderful and I though your posts was most informative. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You''ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. The autumn leaves look gorgeous. Melbourne has been hit by tremors but I never felt them where I was.

  7. The earthquake was scary and fracking scares me, too! Oklahoma is so dependent on Chesapeake that there is almost no coverage about fracking here.

  8. Hiya. Your tree looks absolutely gorgeous! The trees are just starting to tip-toe into fall colors down here. Earthquakes! We live in Oklahoma. We should not be dealing with tornado warnings and earthquakes both, much less in the same week. Gheesh.

  9. Your tree is so pretty! I just love fall.

    Glad to know your family is ok. I remember my first earthquake when living in was quite a big one and I had just moved there. We've had a couple in Seattle, as well. Thank you for sharing info about fracking - I wasn't familiar with it. I was puzzled hearing about earthquakes in Oklahoma and I think you're on to something.


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