This week has been an eventful one. I can tell this keeping in mind the continuous occurrences of moderate as well as high magnitude earthquakes over the Asian continent.
The first one was a 6.9 magnitude with epicenter in Myanmar. Its tremors were felt for hundreds of miles. But the effect was not very destructive.
An earthquake hit Afghanistan with effects felt in Pakistan and also parts of northern India.
Later, southern Japan was hit by an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude. The damage was massive with rescue operations still in process.
The most recent one being the huge 7.8 Earthquake in Ecuador. It was the most destructive one having killed almost 300 and shattering many other lives.
4 earthquakes in the span of 48hrs. Scary enough. Isn’t it?
Many of us might be wondering about the safety of the Asian population and also fear the possibility of a big one in near future.
Is there a need to worry?
The whole continent is shaken by the massive earthquakes and their aftershocks.
Naturally the media is trying to cover it as a big story and are trying to prove that these small ones are just the first waves indicating a massive inevitable one sooner or later.
Headlines like “the small ones are pointing out to massive destruction and wipeout of a large population” have now become very common.
The Asian media is all worked out about the BIG news and are trying to attract maximum viewer ship.
Fortunately, you can’t believe everything on the Indian media.
At least that’s what science says.
The ring of fire
Most of us are unaware of the fact of the fact that moderate earthquakes are quite common in the region named as the ring of fire.
There have been close to 300 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 of above in this region.
Sadly, we measure the impact by the human or property loss it caused instead of its magnitude on Richer scale.
This often leads to us believing that even small ones are massive.
No incident is interrelated
Many articles suggest that these small quakes are setting off a big one. But it’s not true.
The consecutive tremors are due to the aftershocks as the earth’s crust needs to adjust to the new position.
Eventually, these aftershocks will die down within no time causing lesser damage.
Earthquakes can never be predicted
Earthquakes can never be predicted but the hazard prone areas can be identified. One must understand that when the tectonic plates crash against each other, certain amount of energy is released which result in the same magnitude earthquake.
All of the energy can be releases in one high magnitude quake or several moderate earthquakes like the ones we are experiencing.
The potential energy stored is very high in the Himalayan region and thus the region is more prone to calamities.
The possibility of a big one
As a matter of fact, the Richter scale is a logarithmic one. This means that 1000 6-magnitude earthquakes will release the same amount of energy and one 8-magnitude one .
So at the end of the day, there is always a risk of experiencing a big one in the regions which are more prone to them.
We can do so little when they occur according to their schedule.
I think this might have made some sense and it might have reduced your fears of constant reports of such incidents.