Recently earthquakes occurring in out of the ordinary places bring up phrases like "such things never happening" in a certain locale. Weather and nature, however, tend to make themselves felt where ever they want.
Hurricanes and Typhoons can come inland to surprisingly landlocked regions. Tornadoes have cropped up in places which still cause some to shake their heads in wonder. And....in the 1940's a volcano suddenly appeared in a corn field in central Mexico!
So, with rumbles, whirling winds, and the end of the world forecast for Dec. 2012 - one should not take anything for granted.