The Disaster Of The Quake Earthquake Essay examples

1556 Words Nov 5th, 2014 7 Pages
As human, we used to think ourselves as a superior species with the power to control and manipulate nature as we wish, but in fact we are very vulnerable to natural disasters like volcano, typhoon, tsunami and especially earthquake. For the last decade, we had to face with many super earthquake with magnitude from 7.0 to 9.0 Richter which caused devastating damage, some even send a country backward 10 years in development like Haiti earthquake in 2010 according to the UNICEF. With the power of earthquake, no country is invincible, even such a high developed and very experienced with earthquake like Japan. On March 11th 2011, the Tohoku earthquake occurred on the east coast of Japan, a 9.0 Megawatt undersea mega-thrust earthquake which was preceded by many large foreshocks and follows by hundreds of aftershocks. This earthquake had shown the unpredictable behavior and patterns of it, just like the earthquake on May 1th, 2008 in Sichuan, Western China. What seems to be a simple question for our technological capability but science still hasn’t found the answer: When can we predict the next big earthquake? We are now in the transition stage from the age of scientific discovery to the age of scientific mastery, in which we will be able to predict and manipulate nature. And I believe, in the next year, with the development of frontier technologies, geologists will be able to reliably predict the location and intensity of earthquakes.


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