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Perihelion

Early this morning, which was 5:51 a.m. in California, we were as close as we'll ever get this year to the star of our solar system, the Sun. Those in the know call this point on Earth's orbit perihelion. Now, you, my friends, and I are in the know. I learned about it at Earthsky. (Gotta love the Internet, and access to it.)

I slept through the perihelion but nearly an hour later an earthquake woke me up. The bed and house seemed to be floating on choppy water for a few seconds.  I'm not sure if it's my imagination or if I actually heard a faint rumble. Reports said it was a 4.3 on the Richter scale. There were several smaller aftershocks, but I didn't feel them.

We're within spitting distance (well, we can quite easily) of two major faults in the area: the San Andreas and the Calaveras Fault. It's only the jolting or rolling ones that I feel. 

It's great to be alive, tripping through the Universe on the Earth.


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  1. HaPPY sUN dAY IN 2021, Suzi. Still enjoying the bibingka?

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    1. Happy Happy, Colleen! We still have a couple more chunks in the freezer, hurrah!

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  2. Happy New Year! Google is great! I am glad all was safe from the earthquake. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week ahead!

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  3. I added an app to my phone for earthquakes. It's nice to verify that I felt one and I wasn't imagining it.

    I get ap and peri mixed up for some reason. Say it's aphelion (or apogee) or perihelion (or perigee), and I have to pause and ask, is that closest or farthest? But we are closest during our winter, so it makes sense.

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    1. I've heard there's also an app that warns people about upcoming earthquakes. I wonder if that's true. Something for me to google. I wonder if "peri" means the same for periwinkle. Something else to google, lol.

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  4. I've only felt two earthquakes since I've been in Canada ... very unnerving for someone not born to it. :)

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  5. I’m glad it was a small earthquake even though it is disconcerting but I’m glad you are aok. Happy Sun Day and all things ahead.

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    1. We get earthquakes every day, but they're so small, like hiccups, that we don't feel them. At least, I don't. Thank goodness.

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  6. Earth Quake now I hopefully I remember so I will something to talk with hubby.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. I feel them more than the Husband, especially if I'm upstairs when they happen. I usually call out, "Earthquake. Did you feel it?" And he usually says, "When, just now?"

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  7. Su-sieeemac - yes, the Web is full of (mostly useful) information. Generally, we have a no phones rule at the dinner table, but occasionally we get to talking about something, and turn to a phone to answer a question. Like last night - why is the baseball season so much longer than the football or basketball seasons? (Look it up.) I share your enthusiasm for being alive! Happy New Year to you!

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    1. My guess is that baseball players are far less clobbered than football players. Now, I shall go look it up. :-)

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