My village is holding an Earthquake Action Plan Meeting later this week, so we can all update our emergency plans for what we will do in case of an earthquake.
Anyone know when there was last an earthquake round this neck of the woods?
Some googling produced this excellent article, which tells me that there was one in 1887. I think my favourite bit of that article might be the last paragraph:
Many refugees fled to Monte Carlo. Although it was actually closer to the epicenter, Monte Carlo is located on solid bedrock that is less vulnerable to earthquakes. In recognition of the tragedy, gambling was suspended in Monte Carlo for several days.
Though a close contender is:
The Prince of Wales was in Cannes at the time and the British royal family urged him to immediately evacuate. This was made difficult by the thousands of people fleeing the area by train-- many of them wearing only the pajamas they had been sleeping in
Anyway, Prince of Wales facing hordes of pyjama'd citizens aside, this is hardly an annual occurrence, is it? Do we really, really all need Earthquake Action Plans? (I figure our action plan is: "Don't die." - this might be easier said than done, given that our house apparently doesn't have any foundations, built as it is on a sheer cliff face. Oh well...)