August has become a time of vigilance in south Louisiana, as the peak of hurricane season prompts local residents to keep their eyes on the weather map and hope major storms stay away from homes and businesses.

That annual exercise is enough to make us feel a bit envious of those in other parts of the country who seem a bit more insulated from the travails of Mother Nature.

But earthquakes that shook the East Coast and Colorado this week reminded us that nature can threaten lives and routines anywhere on the globe.

We’re glad initial reports suggest limited damage from the quakes. Our hearts go out to those affected by the quakes, and we hope that the country is spared more serious tremors.

Events such as this should serve to remind us that when danger looms, we aren’t Republicans or Democrats, Southerners or Yankees, but simply neighbors wishing each other well.