Thursday, Janury 7, 2016
Kato, you’re preoccupied with a mega-quake.
You think so, don’t you?
Yes, most definitely.
I think the one that shook Vancouver on December 29 is a harbinger of the coming mega quake.
You gotta be kidding.
Well… many Vancouverites think as I do.
How do you know?
Diane, have you read the metro news papers lately?
Yes, I have.
Then you’ve probably read the following news.
You see, Diane… On December 29, the Lower Mainland was rattled by a 4.7-magnitude earthquake. And now many Vancouverites are buying emergency kits before the big one will hit.
I don’t believe it.
But, Diane, that’s what the above article says… Many Vancouverites are getting ready for the big one. Diane, are you aware that we had several quakes in the past?
No, not really. As a matter of fact, I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver—except for the one on December 29.
So, the last one might be a harbinger of the mega quake.
Tell me, Kato, if there were any recorded quakes in and around Vancouver.
Yes, there were quite a few.
You must be kidding!
Well…, if you don’t believe it, look at the following chart.
The mark on the left means a big quake that happened in ths past.
Wow! … So, in 1909 there was a big one in Vancouver, wasn’t it?
You’re telling me, Diane… Another big one is coming.
You mean, a giant quake like the one that took place in 1700?
No kidding! How do you know?
Well … I’ve watched the following DVD.
Tōhoku Earthquake 2011
But, Kato, how do you know that the super quake occurred in 1700?
A certain geologist dug up the old layers of the earth near Vancouver and found out the trace of giant tsunamis that had taken place 18 times since 10,000 years ago.
Besides, the 1700 mega-quake was recorded in the Japanese chronicle.
Why on earth in the Japanese chronicle?
Well …, the super quake in 1700 created the super tsunami, which hit the pacific coast of Japan.
The Japanese people at the time were totally puzzled because they didn’t felt any quake at all.
So scientists found out recently that the 1700 super quake caused the super tsunami that devastated the pacific region of Japan, didn’t they?
You’re telling me, Diane.
But I can hardly believe that a big one is coming to Vancouver.
Well…, I searched for the video clip on the Net so that you could understand the imminent danger caused by a super-quake.
Did you get it, Kato?
Yes, I did. Here it is.
Cascadia Subduction Zone
M9 Earthquake Imminent
Amazing! … Unbelievable!
Seeing is believing, isn’t it?
I wish I hadn’t seen it.
Diane, a super quake is coming to Vancouver for sure.
I hope not.
You must face the reality, though nobody can tell exactly when a big one will come.
If a mega quake occurs every 500 years, then we still have many more years before the estimated mega quake hit Vancouver.
Diane, the 500-year cycle is an approximation. A super quake may occur tomorrow. Nobody knows for sure, but the big one will certainly come in the future.
I hope, a super quake won’t hit Vancouver in my lifetime.
But you see, Diane, we had an amazingly sizeable quake on December 29… So the big one might come in the near future. That’s a possibility, isn’t it?
So the top of Vancoure revolving restaurant might disappear in the case of a mega quake… That’s why you went up there with Mayumi the other day and enjoyed dinner with her, isn’t it?
The Vancouver Lookout
You’re telling me, Diane. You cannot visit the World Trade Center in New York any more, can you?
So, Kato, you enjoyed the Vancouver view from the top of Vancouver before a meg quake hits Vancouver. Is that it?
Yes, you’re right on… In any case, Diane, why don’t you get ready for the big one?
You know what, Kato, if a mega quake hits Vancouver, what can I do anyway?
You need an emergency kit to survive the mega quake… So, the people in Vancouver start ordering those from the Burnaby firm. According to the above news article, the staff at the firm have been working around the clock, seven days a week, to get the shipments out.
I think it’s mass hysteria.
Maybe, you’re right, Diane. But the quake on December 29 is a good wakeup call because people are now realizing that we gotta prepare for the disaster. So, why don’t you get yourself an emergency kit?
I’m still busy because I’m in the holiday season mode.
That’s one of the top three barriers for not being prepared. 1) Apathy, or it-won’t-happen-to-me attitude, 2) money, too expensive, and 3) time, too busy doing trifle things.
Kato, don’t get worried about me… I’ll build my own emergency kit.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.