As the Christmas day magnitude 9 quake struck west of Sumatra, on the other side of the globe Yosemite Park experienced a 3.4 quake. As world events go, 15,000 - 20,000 lost lives from the resulting tsunamis makes this the greatest natural disaster of the decade. I do hope that my friend Arthur C Clarke is alive and well in Sri Lanka in the midst of this catastrophe. Last Christmas day the city of Bam in Iran suffered several thousand earthquake victims. Of course these events have been given a bizarre interpretation by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Even stranger conjectures have been made by some who portend the covert use of scaler energy weapons. I however place the blame on plate tectonics.