Nepal has yet to recover from its nightmare of the April disaster when another strong earthquake rattles the land on May 12 this year. Tremors are unpredictable. They hit anytime, anywhere causing many to panic. Although we cannot prevent it from occurring, we can at least minimize its damage to our lives and properties.
On May 12, a 7.3 magnitude quake followed by a number of aftershocks hit the country of Nepal again. It occurred barely two weeks after a stronger 7.8 magnitude tremor claimed more than 8,000 lives and reduced the country to rubble.
The South Island of New Zealand also experienced tremors twice in April; although, those were of lesser degree.
What does this mean to us, then?
While no technology can ever predict when earthquake occurs or prevent it from happening, we can at least do something to minimize its damage to our lives and our properties. By being vigilant and equipped with knowledge on what to do during and after an earthquake, we can significantly stay safe and avoid severe damage to properties.
The following countries are more prone to strong earthquakes because of their location within the Pacific Ring of Fire.
- United States
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
Around 81% of the world’s strong earthquakes occur along this ring; although, this does not mean those away from it are safe. So, whether your country is within the Pacific Ring of Fire or far away from it, it is important that you know what to do during and after an earthquake rattles your area.
After careful study and based on experience, some organizations have come up with important tips on what to do during and after an earthquake. They also advise that you understand your risks to reduce or prevent injuries, damages, and long-term financial repercussions. I recommend that we all should read these guidelines. We should rather be safe than sorry.