Earthquakes are the new thing in my neck of the woods. My friend in Oklahoma City frequently mentions a little tremblor. We felt our first one back in 2011, and I can't recall another one since. All around my town, though, there have been more and more reports of earthquakes.
Yesterday, sitting in line waiting to pick up my kids, the afternoon deejays were freaking out, claiming that they had just felt an earthquake in downtown Dallas. Their studio was on the tenth floor of a high-rise building, and they were a little concerned.
That earthquake led to several more:
There is a ghost-of-Tom-Landry joke to be made, but that isn't where I intended to go with this.
The 3:10 pm earthquake that scared the radio folks was notable, and followed by another slightly stronger one:
Earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas have been blamed on oil and gas drilling and the fracturing processes associated. That isn't where I intended to go either, but the cause will most certainly be a factor, should this pattern continue.
What I am most worried about today, is living in an area in which none of the structures are built to withstand earthquakes of any magnitude. And, as such, none of the insurance policies issued for structures include coverage for damage caused by earthquakes. I don't want to be at the top of Reunion Tower, or driving on the High Five when a stronger quake hits.
The cynic in me thinks that insurers will (if they haven't already) begin to map and track earthquakes, and then use that information to deny coverage for other things. There is also the likelihood of an industry of opportunistic construction and foundation businesses that will begin to sell hapless consumers on some manner of supposed earthquake-proofing for their homes.
I know that we are supposed to do everything "bigger" in Texas, but I don't think earthquakes should be included.