earth dancing

earth dancing has always been a part of my life and i relish knowing as stable as the ground may appear US Geological Survey records otherwise. even in east michigan, at Cranbrook Academy, i registered a 5.2 earthquake on July 23 that originated 447 miles away near Cumberland, Ontario Canada.  but never before have i felt the shakes that Valparaiso serves – which must come from a combination of the flexible timber framed buildings, vertical topography and geological under-mixing. Valparaiso sits just on the edge of South American tectonic plate bordering Nazca plate and seamed by the Peru-Chile Trench offering a dynamic concoction. i am happy to report 3 earthquakes felt for the 23 days of living in Valparaiso all registered by my body completely differently… descriptions forth coming…

 

earthquake #1

earthquake #2

earthquake #3

growing up in Lompoc, California earthquakes are a part of life – safety at the door frames, cover head, earthquake drills in school. and the conversation continued right into practicing architecture, particularly in California where earthquake requirements factor into foundations, structures, soil and connections.

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