Well, right smack dab in trick-or-treating we had nearby tornadoes, one fo the worst thunderstorms in the last year, and wind gusts over 50 mph (that's about 80 kph for your englightened metric folks) *without* the thunderstorm... And we still got about 20 trick-or-treaters! Only 1/4 our usual, but hardy souls, one and all. Each got six pieces of candy and a glow stick safety necklace thing. We have tons of leftovers nonetheless. We plan to have a sugar-fueled "rave". (If you get that reference... Y'know, crap, I just feel old anyway.)
So as the weather front came on through like a very cranky freight train, you know what hit me? Yep. The Fibro Fuglies. I am *so* tempted to eat some super-over-processed sugary candy chocolate-ish stuff. But that would mean... Ugh... moving. Eh, forget it.
Then by midnight, it was quiet, and frost-biting cold. After being about 80*F (26*C). If I have a place that doesn't ache, let me know!
Happy All Saints Day to those who observe. (For Roman Catholics, this remains one of the Holy Days of Obligation.)
In 1755, Lisbon (Portugal) was struck by an earthquake. Later estimates put the strength at 8.5 to 9.0 magnitude, and death estimates ranged from 10K to 100K, but most figure around 30K.
The earthquake hit around 940 AM Lisbon time, and lasted several minutes (at least 3, maybe 5-6?) and if you survived the quake and the falling buildings? You ran to the flat open area of the seaside, which also took you away from the fires started by kncoked-over candles and lamps and similar...
ANd about 40 minutes after the quake, the tsunami hit. In fact, the quake devasted most of southern Portugal, and so did the tsunami. The force of the wave wnet up rivers at a speed more or less "equal to the speed of a galloping horse".
THe consequences of the Lisbon quake --- shock sof which were felt clera to Finland and across Africa --- were further than physical damage. The destruction led philosophers to question things like the notion "It's really all for the best" and "God's will be done you deserved it". It also led to political disaster for nearly anyone in Portugal... and put a hard stop on Portugal as an overseas power.
And, nerd moment! Yes, the nerds got on this. In their way. PEopel started to ask questions. What made that happen? What did people feel, for how long, and how far away, to what extent? And the first tickles of seismology and earthquake science were born.
The likely cause? Probably a big fault southwest off Portugal under the ocean.
Have a good Friday, everyone:-) I need to unkink about 100 muscles so... off to a hot shower and back to bed (hopefully to sleep!)