It’s getting realer

Cracks are appearing in roads near me. A Civil Defense employee came to my house to warn me about ash and toxic gas. Hawaii Volcano Observatory sent me the following message:

“As deflation continues, strong earthquakes in the area around Kilauea Volcano’s summit are expected to continue and may become more frequent. The shallow depths of these earthquakes make them more damaging in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter, and individuals need to take precautions to minimize damage from the shaking, including the removal of unstable items from walls and shelves.”

I live about six miles from the summit. Some of the recent earthquakes were centered almost directly underneath my property. And when they say more frequent earthquakes, more frequent than what? More than two hundred a day???? Geez Louise.

I have cleared shelves and walls; my home looks very different all of a sudden, and I am looking differently at it. I seem to be moving out of the “it’s happening to them” stage.

I briefly consider unsubscribing to Civil Defense and Hawaii Volcano Observatory text and email alerts, because every time I hear the ding of an incoming message my body goes YIKES. I think that maybe I should quit the internet all together for a while, to relax a bit, make another hat or two, but then I would lose the ability to vent (vent, ha) my feelings in these posts . . .

The air was strong with the smell of sulphur today, and my throat is quite sore. The air purifier I ordered is on its way; I’ll be staying indoors and keeping rolled up rugs against gaps to the outside. The chemicals in the air adversely affect this 5’8″ human body, but they are having no affect on the tiny *#@&*$# invasive coqui frogs whose insanely loud screeching croaks are like nails on chalkboard to me. What the? I had fantasized that the “quieting” of the coqui might be a positive outcome of this situation, but no. They are like the cockroaches of nuclear blasts.

Sorry. These are first world problems, I know. I also know that the folks downslope have it ten thousand times worse than I do. But writing this blog is helping at least one person on this planet: me.

12 thoughts on “It’s getting realer”

  1. Hi Nancy —

    Thanks for letting me know how you’re doing.

    Please stay safe.

    Sending Grapes’s positive energy to you.

    Best — Randy

    On Wed, May 16, 2018, 5:04 PM SchinyDays – What it looks like from my neck of the woods wrote:

    > schinygirl posted: “Cracks are appearing in roads near me. A Civil Defense > employee came to my house to warn me about ash. Hawaii Volcano Observatory > sent me the following message: “As deflation continues, strong earthquakes > in the area around Kilauea Volcano’s summit are e” >

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  2. I read something earlier that the amount of ash that they were expecting is not materializing. Is that not true? Although I guess it depends on where you are and the wind direction.

    The cracks on roads near you must be unnerving.

    Rant away Nancy! Especially if it’s helping you to deal with all of this. (in a whisper, “first world problems are still problems”)

    On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 8:04 PM, SchinyDays – What it looks like from my neck of the woods wrote:

    > schinygirl posted: “Cracks are appearing in roads near me. A Civil Defense > employee came to my house to warn me about ash. Hawaii Volcano Observatory > sent me the following message: “As deflation continues, strong earthquakes > in the area around Kilauea Volcano’s summit are e” >

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you. As for the ash, apparently we are waiting for “the big one” still, the explosive eruption that will spread more ash. Gives one something to look forward to!!

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  3. Hang in there toots! It is a grand adventure that you will be able to tell your great grandchildren about! It will make a wonderful knitted book….🤦🏻‍♀️

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  4. Remember sis I have a spare bedroom waiting for you. No volcanoes here but the hurricane season has started early this year.

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  5. You have a way with words, my friend…. There is currently nothing more captivating and breathtaking I read every day but your perspective of the unfolding events in your blog. I really wish it wasn’t so, but can you blame me for being hooked to your keyboard’s clicks?

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