A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit turkey and syria yesterday (Feb. 7). It was the worst earthquake to hit the world in the last 10 years. 5 thousand people have died so far. More than 30 thousand people were injured. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake was followed by four aftershocks. There have been 76 earthquakes since 1900. A total of 90,000 people have died. Half of these deaths occurred in earthquakes between 1939 and 1999. The 2021 earthquake in haiti was seen as one of the worst in 20 years. 2,200 of them died. In 2018, 4,300 people died in an earthquake in Indonesia. The same 2017 earthquake in indonesia killed 400 people.
Can earthquakes be predicted?
Scientists say the study is still a long way from predicting when earthquakes will strike, even if they can tell where they might strike. In such a situation, Dr. stephen Hicks, a seismologist at Imperial college London, answers the question of whether earthquakes can be accurately predicted.
Dos & Don'ts:
It is not easy to predict when this earthquake will occur. This means you should always have an earthquake contingency plan. Dr. stephen Hicks adds that if you live in an earthquake-prone area, you should always have a bag ready at home for any emergency. The bag should include water, a torch, a first aid kit, and some food. Also, according to the red Cross, people should carry some cash and photocopies of important documents like medical records in the bag.
According to the united states Geological survey, the US government's scientific organization, if you stay where you are when an earthquake strikes, you are less likely to be injured. That's why the Geological survey recommends avoiding running from one room to another during an earthquake.
Lie down and cover yourself:
This is the formula to keep you safe. 'Lie down, cover yourself, and hold on tight,' say experts. Keeping your feet and knees up will help you avoid falling objects from above and allow you to move around a bit if needed. If you're under a table or desk with nowhere else to hide, hold onto it until the earthquake continues.
Stand near the door:
One of the ways to escape in the event of an earthquake is to stand very close to the door. But if you live in an older house, experts say the best option is to hide under the desk. Windows and balconies are often the first to fall in an earthquake. In such a situation, you are advised to stay away from these dangerous places. Once the earth stops shaking, it is safe for you to get out of a building that is in danger of collapsing. All of these are for the time you are inside a building during an earthquake. But what to do when outside during an earthquake? Stay where you are, experts say. Because running away from buildings, power, and telephone poles increases your risk of injury. Yes, you are better off going to a completely open area. Go to a place where there are no buildings or power poles.