Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm close, but not that close

Yes, I do live in California. I  live about thirty minutes east from the big San Bruno Fire and Explosion.
No, I don't know anyone in the fire area- thank goodness.

There are about 50 homes burned to the ground. There are at least 6 confirmed dead and 120 injured. Many more are displaced and staying in emergency shelters.

It started by a pipe line that ruptured. A pipe line that was installed in 1948.  The fire then ran down the line and caught the other houses on fire. Everyone evacuated as fast as they could.

I live in a town that has a refinery. Periodically it blows up. Really- fire and smoke and people dead or dying. You take your chances living in a town with a refinery- we all know the risks and live with it.
These poor folks were all home just beginning to fix dinners, tuck kiddies into bed, water veggie gardens: all the things you would do in a bedroom community like San Bruno.
Then the world shook. Fearing a big earthquake ( as we all do who live in the Bay Area) people ran from their homes to see a column of smoke and fire that towered high into the sky. At that point many people feared it was a crashed jet- San Bruno is very near the San Francisco Airport and planes fly overhead all day long.

There is no way to prepare for a disaster like this. Nothing you could do would change what happened.We are at the mercy of the utility companies. That thought does not inspire confidence.

I am praying for the families of those who have died and for those whose loved ones are missing and feared dead.

Please send them all a prayer today too.


Maia said...

They have had mine since I heard about it. I'm also glad you weren't involved, which is something I was worried about the minute I heard the news.

I think everyday we wake up, spend the day going about our usual routines and tuck it in safely at night, we need to thank, however we envision the powers that be, for the blessing we have received.

Building Life in AK said...

Ah, enough for disasters, right?
On a lighter note, lovin' the blog!