Sunday, April 26, 2015

Earthquakes and Humans

Earthquakes and Humans

Tragic Saturday, yesterday. Nepal was rubbled. One more natural calamity and we are in fuss.

We may take pride of our progress, discoveries and inventions but nature has proved once again that we are a tiny dust in front its power. Earthquake with Magnitude 7.8 near Lamjung scrambled Nepal with loss of many lives and destruction of many buildings. It will take days/months to calculate the exact loss of lives and properties as the aftershocks are on.

Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic waves that make the ground shake.

All of us know that energy generation due to motion of earth and movement of plates, accumulate and discharge, at a regular intervals. But due to absence of forecast we are unable to protect ourselves or mitigate the losses. Due to poverty, our buildings are old and without safety mechanism against the earthquakes. Many people stopped taking construction permission from the civic bodies due to extra cost on earthquake resistance building. Japan faces frequent quakes but remained mostly safe with the right technology of building construction. However during a strong earthquake, the best engineered building may suffer severe damage.

We are tiny in front of the giant power of the nature but tactfully, the losses can be mitigated with remaking buildings in the high risk zones and educating people on rescue mechanism. But this needs huge investments from the poor countries!

We pray God to rest the Souls in peace, those who lost their lives in the earthquake, yesterday.

And request the World Scientists to do vigorous R&D to predict earthquakes, the way rains and weather have been forecasted.

26 April 2015


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