The Earth Is a Mystery

Happy Earth Day!

Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. The earth is a big mystery. It is the only planet that has oxygen, gravity, and constant movement. The Earth consists of four concentric layers: inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. The crust is made up of tectonic plates, which are in constant motion. Earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely to occur at plate boundaries. The crust is the land and ocean where we live.

One of the best places to observe the volcanic activities is Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 sq. km), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Epicenter One Mile from Home

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On Friday, March 28, 2014, the ladies from church had a Women’s Movie Night. I was sitting on a couch watching the movie. Suddenly, I felt a jolt, then a violent shake for 20 to 30 seconds. All the ladies were sitting tight, praying while things in the kitchen were tumbling down.

As soon as the quake stopped, our attention went to News channels. We found out that there was a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck ONE mile east of La Habra where I live, resulting in isolated power outages and damage that included ruptured water mains and broken glass in Orange County, California. The temblor was one in a sequence of more than 20 quakes that hit the area within less than two hours, seismologists said.

I had never experienced an epicenter of earthquake so close to home. I was anxious to get home to access the damage. As soon as I opened the door, I found my favorite crystal vase with a dozen red roses on the floor. The vase was chattered. Then I found my husband’s miniature car collection fell on the floor. Rushing to the living room and I saw my collection of angels fell sideways, but fortunately was not broken. Opened the front door, and I saw a couple garden sculptures were broken. Anxiously, I ran upstairs and downstairs, and the garage to check everything. There were other damages, cupboard doors swung open, and things fallen on the floor also.

It was quite a scary moment!

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An earthquake triggered a rockslide that caused a car to overturn, Brea police said. Bottles of wine at a store in La Mirada were toppled from shelves (two photos from the media).

Daily Prompt: Jolt