This post is in light of the recent earthquakes, earthquake warnings, tsunamis and tsunami warnings that have occurred around the world. There is never a goodtime or place for any natural disaster, but when they occur in big cities like the past 2 big earthquakes, it just makes you stop dead in your tracks and think about your life. This is especially true when you see the images of the death and destruction created by something that is completely out of anyones control. (This post is written to be taken as “less depressing, but more eye-opening.”)
For those of you that don’t know much about earthquakes, I will just give you a crash course:
The earth is made up of many “plates” that are “floating” on the liquid area of the inside of the earth. These plates move through time, and sometimes collide with others which then form earthquakes.
There are 3 types of earthquakes:
1. Convergent (two plates coming together) – most destructive AND causes tsunamis
2. Divergent (two plates diverging) – usually just in middle of oceans
3. Transform (two plates rubbing against each other) – pretty much only in California
Below is an outline of the major plates around the world. As you can see, Japan and NZ are prone to earthquakes but it does not make them any less devastating. Australia is pretty much safe! 🙂 But, not so much for tsunamis.
I’m sure everyone knows what tsunamis are – “giant waves”. And I’m also sure that you’ve all seen the destruction water can cause. In Australia, as the major cities are along the coasts, tsunamis are a very big hazard. There have been infrastructure and mitigation put in place to help prevent the possible destruction that could be caused, but you just never know with natural disasters.
I think that is the thing that scares everyone – the element of surprise. A natural disaster can catch you off guard, whether it be you own personal good day or bad day. It’s scary. But when you live in a country such a NZ or Japan that are used to these, you can’t live your life in fear, but you learn to cope with the situation and hope for the best.
For those of us that have never lived in or had to first hand feel the effects of earthquakes and/or tsunamis be thankful, but don’t be ungrateful; be helpful and don’t be naive. Educate yourselves on the possibility of natural disasters, what to do when they occur and don’t forget to tell your friends and family you love them… always.