Hey, to make an omelet, you’ve got to shoot highly pressurized water and sand into the Earth’s fragile and unpredictable crust with very little government oversight.
Jan. 17, 1994: The collapse of the second and third stories onto the first story at Northridge Meadows apartments in the Northridge quake killed 16 people and crushed cars.
Photo credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times
Record-Breaking Earthquake of the Day: Oklahoma was rattled last night by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake — the strongest in the state’s history — as tremors continued to shake the region for a second straight day. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was four miles east of Sparks, but was easily felt as far away as Illinois and Tennessee.
Homes and businesses were damaged in Lincoln County, and portions of roads — including US 62 — had buckled, but no injuries were reported. The National Weather Service reports that a large swarm of birds and bugs took flight as the quake struck.
“It was a pretty ornery little earthquake,” Lincoln County’s emergency manager Joey Wakefield told The Oklahoman.
The last earthquake to rival the magnitude of the one near Sparks occurred in El Reno in 1952. According to the geological survey, it registered a 5.5.
Below: Watch Kirk Herbstreit react to last night’s earthquake as it happens live on ESPN —
Meanwhile, In The Heartland of the Day: Out: Richter scale. In: Donkey-scratching scale.
This x That:
- Egyptians mourn dead from yesterday’s clashes with security forces as tensions remain high.
- Presbyterian Church USA ordains its first openly gay pastor.
- Nobel Prize in economics awarded to Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher A. Sims.
- Samuel Joseph “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher set to run for Congress in Ohio.
- Right-wing prankster James O’Keefe was spotted looking pensive amidst Occupy Wall Street protesters.
- Today’s Big Read: Meet the Anna Bjornsdottir — the former Miss Iceland who took down Whitey Bulger.
- Japan to offer foreigners free airfare to visit country.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger has an Austrian museum dedicated to him because of course he does.
- The Duchess of Northumberland organizing MMA match at Hogwarts.
Look At This:
- Hugh Jackman is, well, jacked.
- NewsFeed: Tough Love: Britain Will Cut Aid to ‘Anti-gay’ Nations.
- Tea x Time List: 6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America’s ‘Enemies’.
- Above: Frauke Theilking’s “Generations” — parents and their offspring photographed side by side. (via.)
This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the China Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.
With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!
- In Focus: Japan Earthquake: Six Months Later.
God, I still cry looking at the Tsunami photos… ;_;
This x That:
- Gaddafi in latest audio statement: “We won’t surrender again; we are not women”; Libyan rebels give Gaddafi loyalists more time to surrender.
- Tropical depression in Gulf expected to become Louisiana-threatening tropical storm.
- East Coast Earthquake moved massive containers of North Anna’s spent nuclear fuel.
- Today’s Big Read: 9|11: The Winners; Case in Point: Stingray Sushi’s “9-11 Remembrance Roll” and the 9/11 coloring book.
- The CEOs of 25 top American companies made more money last year than their companies paid in taxes.
- Joran van der Sloot charged with murder of Peruvian woman.
- The Human Centipede sequel gets a release date.
- Lindsay Lohan got Billy Joel lyrics tattooed on her rib cage because of course she did.
- NewsFeed: Survivor Star Rupert Boneham Mulls a Run for Indiana Governor.
- Tea x Time List: Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time.
One Man’s Earthquake Is Another Man’s Miracle of the Day: A 75-year-old cancer patient at D.C.’s Veterans Affairs Hospital regained his hearing after the 5.8 East Coast Earthquake unclogged some fluid that was blocking his middle ear.
Robert Valderzak lost his hearing last Father’s Day, when he fractured his skull after falling. “He had conductive hearing loss, caused by fluid in his middle ear, as well as loss due to nerve damage,” the hospitals chief of staff Dr. Ross Fletcher told ABC News.
The quake that struck the DC area last week “shook me terrible - right out of the bed,” says Valderzak. “”But after that it stopped. And my son talked to me, and I could hear his voice.”
“A combination of a drug he was taking and the earthquake event itself likely led to him losing the fluid and gaining back his hearing,” Dr. Fletcher explained. Valderzak thinks something else deserves most of the credit. “It was God’s blessing,” he says. “It was a miracle for me.”
Earthquake Expert of the Day: The East Coast Earthquake catches the Fantasy 411 crew off guard. Luckily for Jeremy Brisiel and Nando Di Fino, Cory Schwartz has been in two earthquakes and knows what an earthquake is.