My heart goes out to the people who were hit by the tornadoes last week. My hero hubby and son and possibly myself will be travelling to Alabama next week to help with the clean up effort. I am proud of my husband and son. They have huge hearts and are so willing to serve the Lord by serving others.
"Matthew 25:40...Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
We need to continue to prepare for life's storms. A tornado outbreak like the one we recently experienced here in the South is nearly impossible to prepare for. The massive earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc., just keep getting worse and more close to home every day.
I recently stumbled across a blog called Unusual Kentucky . It is an eclectic mix of all things Kentucky. Specifically, the most recent post on May 2, 2011 is most noteworthy. Apparently, officials in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky wish to blow Bird's Point Levee on the Mississippi River to take pressure off the land area. This action being taken has forced an evacuation of Cairo, Illinois and will submerge acres of farmland. Why is this happening? I will quote from the Unusual Kentucky blog: "Monday, May 2, 2011...Two "sand boils" have erupted in nearby Cairo, Illinois, and they're enormous. Workers trying to control these spontaneous volcano-like eruptions of sand and water from deep under the Earth's surface are saying it's the biggest sand boil breakout they've ever seen. The sand boils are a sign of immense water pressure, and fear is that Missouri's aging and weak levee will not be able to stand this pressure much longer before collapsing.
Additionally, sinkholes are popping up everywhere, even in the middle of city streets. The ground is quickly reaching the disaster point of soil liquefaction." I hope you will read the rest of the blog yourself.
Here are the definitions of a sand boil according to Google.
•Sand boils occur when water under pressure wells up through a bed of sand. The water looks like it is "boiling" up from the bed of sand, hence the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_boil.
•Sand and water that come out onto the ground surface during an earthquake as a result of liquefaction at shallow depth. www.sciencemaster.com/physical/item/earthquake_glossary.php.
•The removal or ejection of soil due to seepage. www.grow.arizona.edu/Grow--Glossary.php.
It is becoming quite obvious that the Earth is becoming unstable around the New Madrid Fault line. Check out this map of the Latest Quakes in Southeast. You will notice a collection around the borders where Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas meet or are close to each other. I am not a fear monger, but we need to be aware that an emergency could be in our backyard in an instant. Be prepared. Here are some guidelines from FEMA to help you prepare for an earthquake: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/eq_before.shtm.
And, how to prepare for tornadoes? http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/to_before.shtm.
If you want to help our brothers and sisters in Alabama, reach out and help. Check out this Youtube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/EastCoastPrepper. He having a yard sale and donating all the proceeds to the effort. Others are doing different things. Do your part. Do what you can do. We are all in this together and we can make it through it...together.