Slept thru the earthquake, heard the rain

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

An earthquake registering 5.5 on the Richter Scale occurred in NW Azerbaijan at 9:40 this morning. The distance from Tbilisi was about half the distance from Columbia to Charleston as the crow flies. Susanna and I didn’t notice. The biggest recent earthquake to affect Tbilisi occurred in April 2002. The 6.0 quake killed 6 people and heavily damaged 400 apartments.

Although we missed the earthquake, we heard the rain, and when we looked out our apartment window, we saw water flowing swiftly down our street. Whenever it rains, the run-off from hill above us gains momentum on our steep street and deposits dirt and rocks (almost boulders) everywhere. This morning a bulldozer removed the debris so taxis and cars could get by. Other times people go into the streets armed with shovels. I think that some storm drains would help.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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