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On Tuesday, October 26, a twister hit Indiana.

That day, as I was driving downtown to go to work. It seemed like a normal autumn day however, as the morning progressed, the sky suddenly went from light grey to black. The rain started to sprinkle and then came down hard and at an angle. At around 9:30 a.m., the storm sirens sounded. A few minutes later, there was a building-wide announcement directing everyone to move to the basement. We waited down there for half an hour until the storm passed.

I was a bit concerned, as it was my first tornado experience. I kept trying to recall scenes from Hollywood movies like Twister (visualizing a cow flying off in the wind didn’t do much to ease my worries). At one point the lights flickered and we later found out that a tree landed on a nearby power line. Other than this, the experience was uneventful. I was told that tornadoes do not usually hit the downtown core, but to areas in the south particularly in the more southern part of the state like Bloomington. B.B. said that everyone at his workplace also took refuge while the storm passed through.

What struck me was how unconcerned people were about the storm. Most people seemed unfazed and were used to taking cover during tornadoes. In my opinion, living in an earthquake zone is not as scary as living in a tornado zone for a few reasons. First of all, earthquakes don’t occur as often as tornadoes (Indiana averages around 20 per year and they typically occur in autumn and spring). The other thing is that despite there bring storm sirens to warn you, the suspense of waiting through the storm is a little unnerving (earthquakes just happen and pass–thankfully, there haven’t been any serious quakes in Vancouver in recent times).

There wasn’t any damage in Indianapolis. In nearby Greenfield there was some minor destruction to some buildings. Here are some pictures:

http://www.theindychannel.com/slideshow/weather/25513466/detail.html?qs=1;s=1;p=weather&dm=ss&tn=b

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