KATHLEEN LIANG

May 4th, 2015

On April 25th, a tremor shook Nepal, wrecking havoc in a country home to 27 million people. The earthquake struck a 7.8 on the Richter scale, causing immense damage to the buildings and most of all, the lives of the people in Nepal. As well, the collision of the Indo-Australian and Asian tectonic plates created a huge avalanche on Mount Everest, which has killed 19 people. The death toll is in the thousands, and many more are injured.

This earthquake has brought a lot of attention around the world, and many people have donated to help with the damage that occurred. Some of the foundations involved in funding, include the Nepal Earthquake Relief fund, Red Cross, UNICEF, and many more. These organizations are providing critical food, water, and medical supplies to those in need.

Although natural disasters are inevitable, there are ways to prepare for them, in order to minimize the damage. Geologists predict that a dangerous earthquake (or the “Big One”) is going to strike the west coast of Canada in the future. With this prediction in mind, BC is hosting The Great British Columbia Shakeout, which will inform participants as to what they should do in the case of an earthquake. The “drop, cover, and hold-on” drill is a good way to be prepared. Furthermore, to get ready for instances like such, people are recommended to keep an emergency kit with supplies such as food, water, flashlights, and medical supplies. Some cities are also planning to build safer and stronger structures that will hopefully withstand an earthquake. Stricter building codes are used to regulate construction.

When disaster occurs, people help. There are many ways to be involved, such as donating to one of the various charities involved. Also, you can spread awareness about the event, so more people know about it.

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has brought awareness to the inevitability of earthquakes. However, cities in earthquake prone zones can lessen the impact of them by building more durable buildings and informing their citizens of ways of evacuation.