One of the most terrifying and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible outcomes. An earthquake is an unexpected movement of the earth, caused by the abrupt release of strain that has accumulated over an extended time. This year, at least 74 earthquakes of magnitude between 6 and 7 has occurred. A few of them have caused extensive damage in a built-up area.
Earthquakes can be absolutely frightening events with the surface of the earth shaking to potentially damaging and violent extremes. For those of us who have never been in an earthquake before, it can be tough to recognize the severity of one. Even videos of earthquakes never seem to completely capture the true cruelty of these natural disasters.
Videos during earthquakes are common due to securities cameras that are always turn on, or even people who despite the fear, record the movement of the place they are in. Most of them are from Japan due to their notorious earthquake history. About 1,500 earthquakes strike the country every year. Minor tremors occur every day.
In 2011, the earthquake was magnitude 9, the strongest ever documented in Japan. The gigantic tsunami it generated knocked out the Fukushima plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. The epicenter was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a deepness of about 10km. Also, an enormous tidal surge has been recorded on video flowing up a river when the earthquake was occurring.
Similarly, Indonesia is in an identical active seismic zone, also, but by virtue of its larger size than Japan, it has more earthquakes ever. The most terrifying moment caught on camera was when the earthquake struck on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok. It had been hit by two earthquakes within hours between each other. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, from the national disaster agency spokesman of the country, tweeted a horrifying video of the ruins left after the earthquake.
Last but not least, China has too a big number of videos from its earthquakes, because this country also has had 88 earthquakes in the past 365 days and 8 of them are from last month. The most terrifying was on May 2008, when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck beneath a mountainous region in south-central China, toppling houses and sending landslides crashing into towns. It became even more notorious for revealing the cheap and inferior construction procedures used in schools across the region.
Even so, it is quite impressive to watch the videos of the different earthquakes from many points of view, especially to notice how vulnerable we are despite the great structures in which we usually entrust our lives. They are seconds of terror in which we must always make a decision if we stay and take shelter, or simply leave the room and hope for the best. On the other hand, not everyone may appreciate earthquake videos in the same way because it is a latent memory of those who lost their loved ones; but without a doubt, they are proof of all that we as humans can and have resisted throughout the ages. And on how we move forward so that each time, there are fewer losses in each one of them.