Earth shattering start to 2016

Mother Nature has knocked the door with a surprise visit. Ever since we have stepped into the New Year with a joyous wave, each day, until now has experienced a tremor jolt in different parts of the world, mainly Asia. To dot it chronologically we pin up the jerks felt this year.

Jan 2, 2016: China kick-started the chain of tremors with a 6.4 magnitude quake at Linkou in Heilongjiang Province at 12:22 am. No casualties were reported.

This had minor effects on some parts of North India including Kashmir, Delhi and NCR. The Indian Meteorological Department said that this one measured 5.8 Richter scale.


Furthermore, Afghanistan felt tremors of moderate density near Jarm around 2:07 pm.

Catching over a huge leap, a 4.5 magnitude quake was measured in ocean off Northern California.

Jan 3, 2016: A day after the initial tremor jolts, some parts of Pakistan had an earthquake measuring 2.6 on Richter scale. Pakistan and Afghanistan were still reeling from a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake that killed over 300 people and now a fresh addition but without any casualties.

Jan 4, 2016: The latest one that hit today was the massive 6.8 magnitude quake at Manipur in India that killed six and injured over 100 people. It was struck at 4.35 AM with its epicentre at Tamenglong district at a depth of 17 km below the ground.


The National Disaster Management Authority communicated with all the North Eastern states of India including West Bengal characterizing them under zone V in the country’s Seismological map as considered to be highly vulnerable.

The quake was further felt in several parts of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Giridih, Chatra, and Lohardaga.

After the frequent signs of nature, the sudden break from the earth has given a shock to the affected and alarmed the spectators.

Keeping in mind the sudden disasters, India is set to get its first early earthquake warning and security system with the help of Germany-based Secty Electronics.

The system works automatically for the security and safety of people by shutting of lifts, electricity, gas and water supply. It opens emergency gates and warns by giving an earthquake alarm.

Also, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature which allows the users mark themselves as safe as a means to notify friends and loved ones.

But instead of waiting for this technology, here are some handy tips to keep in mind when you are stuck in an earthquake zone.

Earth shattering start to 2016
  • Practice how to drop, cover and hold on
  • Identify safe places such as sturdy furniture in your house or working place.
  • Store critical supplies like water, medicines and documents.
Critical Supplies
Critical Supplies
  • When choosing a place to live, check before hand if it is earthquake resistant as per local building codes.
  • Stay where you are, till the shaking stops. Drop down before the quake knocks you down. Cover yourself with your arms to protect yourself from the falling debris.
  • Stay away from glass windows and doors, or anything that can fall easily.
  • Hold on to something sturdy till the shaking stops.
  • If you’re in bed, cover yourself with a pillow or mattress. Avoid moving in the dark as it may be more hazardous.
  • If you happen to be outdoors, stay away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires. Go in the open and drop down on your knees.
  • If you’re driving or are in a moving vehicle, stop immediately. Avoid the roads, bridges or ramps that may be damaged due to earthquake.
Earth shattering start to 2016
  • Keep a whistle handy in case you need help and are not audible.
  • When the situation is under control with the help of officials, always listen and follow their instructions to safety.

Earthquake is a natural disaster that barely has any control by man.  It is unpredictable and unstoppable. Let us hope that the rest of 2016 may be a smooth ride.

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