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There are many earthquakes in the world, and there are twice as many reports on what people felt when in an earthquake. People report what they felt during an earthquake some people also report what they smelt. There are different magnitudes of earthquakes the lowest that is felt is a 2.5 ranging all the way up to a 9.5. The only earthquake with a 9.5 magnitude recorded in history happened in Chile. The longest recorded earthquake lasted ten minutes which ranged from a 9.1 and a 9.
3. There is no theoretical limit to the magnitude of an earthquake but it is estimated that an earthquake of magnitude 11 would split the Earth in two. The way an earthquake feels depends on where you are, where the earthquake is, and how big the earthquake is. One man named John Cassidy, an earthquake seismologist, said “It was not a distinct jolt, not waves, but more rumbling like a train.” While experiencing this he was not sure if it was an earthquake or not, he said “I heard as much as I felt it, and I did wonder about the Growlers, or a helicopter can cause vibrations in our house.
I thought it was an earthquake, but it was not a real distinctive one.” From this sentence, you get that he was confused about whether it was an Earthquake or not. This earthquake happened in Sydney, Australia. Other residents said it felt like a mini explosion, while a different resident said, “a plane had crashed at the airport.” Earthquakes do not only affect people it also affects animals, but a person that lived in Sydney at the time also reported that their dog was upset.
A 65-year-old woman named Hari from Nepal, a country in South Asia, was in her field when the earthquake hit. It threw her to the ground and left her and her 15 other family members homeless. She said, “The earthquake happened right after lunch. We were in our fields. The young children were playing outside the house. We couldn’t grab anything from our houses because we were already outside. We were shaken and couldn’t stand up. Everything around us was shaking, and there was dust everywhere.” Hair’s granddaughter, Paridhi age 5, asked her grandmother what happened to their house, her grandmother explained everything but Paridhi is too young to understand. When Paridhi was asked what she did when the earthquake hit she said, ”My uncle took me and ran with me. I was scared and crying.” Ram, 26, was also apart of Hari’s family, said that the rubble of the house buried she and her mother and her father could not get them out finally her brother was able to dig them free. She also said “The top two stories of our house collapsed after the very first tremor. My mother and I were instantly trapped. It was so fast I can’t even describe it. I do not have many scratches on my body, but it hurts. I have a lot of back pain.” She also said, “I’m happy to be alive but so devastated our house is gone. At this moment I’m totally blind to the future. I’m just thinking about whether we can ever rebuild our house.” After this devastating incident, Hari and her family are currently living in a makeshift tent.
Ricki Hinch, a resident in Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand, said “When the September earthquake hit I woke up, but I did not know what was going on. At that time I was, and then I heard Mum yell that it was an earthquake then Mum came running into my room and grabbed my sister and I.By that time I was crying, and I was really scared; somehow I went back to sleep on my mum.” Ricki was six at the time and had no clue what an earthquake was. “When I woke up, we all looked around our house, and everything had either fallen over or smashed. We then went outside to see all this liquefaction all over the ground. People had already been out shoveling off the concrete all this grey stuff that looked and smelled really bad.” she said. “When I had finally gone outside again it was horrifying the sight of all this liquefaction and cracks all through the ground. It was weird thinking that a few big shakes could do all this in as little as 40 seconds.” When Ricki got older, she found out what an earthquake was and was surprised how much damage it could cause and everything that comes along with an earthquake.
The worst earthquake recorded in history happened in Shaanxi, China. It was known as the Hua County earthquake. This happened January 23rd, 1556. It was the deadliest earthquake ever, approximately 830,000 deaths it destroyed a 520-mile-wide area in China, killing 60 percent of the population.
There are many people on earth that all experiences earthquakes. Not all earthquakes are the same. Some are small, and some are large. Not only are people affected when an earthquake hits it also affect animals. Many people get injured in an earthquake. After an earthquake there is much damage, some houses get destroyed like Hari’s house did. Some people end up living on the streets after an earthquake. In China when the big earthquake hit there were approximately 830,000 deaths which was %60 of the population.
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