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Human Disaster: the Earthquake
发布时间:2015-05-19 浏览次数:

I’m proud of our people, because we’r cohesive facing the disaster!--- Anonymous

 

On April 25th, 2015, a massive earthquake which registered at 8.1 on Richter magnitude scale occurred in Nepal, leaving thousands of homes and centuries-old temples in ruins. So far the earthquake devastated Nepal so much that more than 5,000 people were dead and over 10,000 got injured. The whole world felt shocks and was keeping abreast of the news about this devastating disaster. There are innumerable earthquakes happening all over the world, but why do we always have to keep our ears to the ground?


An earthquake is the sudden release of strain energy in the Earth’s crust in waves of shaking that radiate outwards from the earthquake source. Earthquake can be recorded by seismometers up to great distance, because seismic waves travel through the whole Earth’s interior. The absolute magnitude of a quake is conventionally reported by numbers on the moment magnitude scale (formerly Richter scale, magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas), whereas the intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli intensity scale. The effects of earthquakes including shaking and ground rupture, landslides and avalanche, fires and many other disasters. Furthermore, an earthquake may cause injuries and losses of lives, roads and bridges damage, general property damage, and collapse or destabilization (potentially leading to future collapse) of buildings. The aftermath may bring diseases , lack of basic necessities, and higher insurance premiums. There is no denying that the earthquake is one of the most powerful natural disasters around the world.

 

 But that’s not all. Taking Nepal as an example, as Nepal struggles to cope with the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake, the international community is rallying to help. India, China, Pakistan and other countries mobilize quickly to spare no efforts to support the country. You may read many reports of the horrible situation after the quake or shortcoming of the aid effort but most of what I have seen and thought have been positive. A big quake may be inevitable, but what really matters is that the reaction of human being after the disaster. In post-quake Nepal, few endings are entirely happy and sadness abounds and loss is everywhere. But as long as we are a unity, always supporting and helping each other, we still have whole life ahead of us!

 

Editor: Shi Yingfeng Source: English Net

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