Thursday, August 25, 2016

EARTHQUAKES ! THE DEVASTATION AND THE PHOTOS !

EARTHQUAKES
REFLECTIONS AND THOUGHTS


At this time, many of us are thinking about the people in Italy and the devastation, and loss of life because of this huge earthquake.  Some of us have been through earthquakes, and some have never experienced earthquakes.  But, we all need to realize that we may have some loved one or friend that may seriously be affected by this tragedy of mother nature.   I wanted to take some time and explain a little bit about some of the earthquakes we have had, and show pictures so that we may all see what our friends and family may or may not go through.   And let's keep these people in our prayers as they work through this terrible tragedy.

The forces that have and continue to shape our planet are constantly in play beneath our feet as tectonic plates slide and dive beneath each other. Never is this underground, moving jigsaw puzzle more noticeable than when an earthquake strikes, sending seismic waves through the earth, often demolishing buildings and other structures in a wide radius. This millennium has seen its fair share of temblors, from the colossal magnitude-9.1 quake that shook Indonesia, killing 233,000 people in 2004, to the immense 2008 earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province, taking thousands of lives, to the powerful earthquake and tsunami duo that devastated northern Japan in 2011.

(The image shows destruction from a less powerful earthquake, a magnitude-5.9 temblor that struck Virginia on Aug. 23, 2011; shaking from the quake could be felt as far away as New York City, Toronto and other eastern cities.)

MOMENT OF IMPACT:  KALUTARA, SRI LANKA
This digital image of the receding water from the earthquake that struck on December 26th, 2004 on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. 
The US Geological Survey reports that in 2005, the death toll from the tsunami and earthquake reached 275,950 people. 

WATER FLOWS THROUGH THE STREETS OF SRI LANKA

Tidal waves wash through houses in a village 38 miles from Colombo, Sri Lanka Sunday, December 26th, 2004, after their huge earthquake killing 2100 people and displacing over a million people.

SICHUAN ROAD, CHINA

In 2008, a massive 8.0 earthquake struck the province of Sichuan, China, killing thousands.  This road was tore apart by the earthquake.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE IN 2010

In 2010, a 7.0 earthquake strikes the country of Haiti, right in the middle of their largest city Port-au-Prince.  Hardly any of the buildings were up to code. Here is a picture of a 3 story building turned to rubble.  Sources say that almost all the buildings were leveled in less than 10 seconds because of the poor workmanship. Thousands were killed.


CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE 2010

One of the largest earthquakes ever, strikes Chile again.  8.9 on the Richter scale strikes the town of Concepcion, Chile in March of 2010.  Chile has had a 9.0 earthquake many years before and they decided that all future buildings would be built to withstand large earthquakes.  This picture shows how the old buildings lasted vs. the newer buildings.  The newer building stands tall and firm without any damage while the older apartments in the foreground are leveled. 


GIANT TSUNAMI STRIKES JAPAN
Because Japan is so technologically advanced, it seems nothing can happen over there without someone getting a recording of the events.  We may have all seen the huge Tsunami hit Japan.  Below is one of the amazing videos we may remember of the Tsunami hitting Japan.  This is an actual event recorded.  It is amazing:




AND NOW WE LOOK AT THE LATEST EARTHQUAKE TO HIT THE WORLD THAT IS TOUCHING OUR LIVES.  THE HUGE EARTHQUAKE TO HIT ITALY.  LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE NOW:

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning, toppling buildings and killing at least 241 people.
Rescuers, aware that it's a race against time, continue to comb through the mountains of rubble hoping to find survivors who may be buried.
    "They know right now it's a race against time. They believe it's about 72 hours those people would be able to survive," CNN's Fred Pleitgen said.
    More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake, and Italy's Civil Protection agency said no residents were allowed to sleep in the devastated town of Amatrice overnight.
    Meanwhile, chefs in Italy and around the world have rallied together using their talents, and Amatrice's signature pasta dish, to help raise money for victims.

    A birds-eye view of Amatrice, Italy just after the 6.2 earthquake.


    Search and Rescue teams go through destroyed homes in Pescara del Tronto, Italy on the 24th of August.

    One man cries while another man lies injured in Amatrice, Italy.


    Two people hug each other in front of their destroyed house.


    10 year old girl trapped by the rubble is rescued.  Click on this video and watch the miracle of saving this little girl.

    Residents survey a collapsed stairway on one of the buildings.


    An injured man is rescued from the earthquake by workers searching for survivors. 


    THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY PHOTOS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COLLECT SO FAR.  RIGHT NOW OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN FOR WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.  BUT THINK ALSO: IT COULD BE US SOME DAY.  ARE YOU PREPARED?  GEOLOGICALLY, WE ARE EXPERIENCING MORE EARTHQUAKES THAN EVER BEFORE.  BUT, IN MY MIND, I CAN ALWAYS FIND COMFORT IN THIS ONE THOUGHT:  THIS TOO SHALL PASS.   ONCE AGAIN, OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL IN ITALY, AND MAY YOU SOON FIND COMFORT.




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