read about the California
earthquake of September 28, 2004, centered near Parkfield, you may have recognized that as
the town where I attend a bluegrass festival each May.
increases the population from 18 to somewhere around 1,500
for the weekend. Even so, it's not likely a quake during the
festival would cause any great harm. Some of the vendors who have
merchandise precariously perched or hung in their booths might
suffer minor damage. The trailers and motor homes would shake, but
being designed to withstand the vibration of the road, should
survive. Things left out on the counter or table might crash to the
lighting fixtures above the stage would sway, and possible
come down if not mounted tightly.
fact, the town and the festival promoters have long celebrated the
area's "shaky" status. A sign by the restaurant reads
"Be here when it happens." The festival was originally described as
"the world's most earthshaking bluegrass festival." Signs
at a bridge into town announce that one is entering the North
American Plate or the Pacific Plate. (Check them out here
all, they've been expecting this event since the 1980s.