Hello everyone! This post will be my report on the relationship between earthquakes and man!
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND MAN?
According to dictionary.com ,
Definition of relationship: a connection, association, or involvement
Definition of environment : surrounding things, conditions, or influences
MY DEFINITION OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:
our non man made surroundings and conditions
a wondrous forest
WHAT ARE EARTHQUAKES AND WHAT ARE THEIR
EFFECTS ON MANKIND?
Great and negative impacts on man!
Adverse effects on man!
What earthquakes cause:
Buildings to collapse, landslides , tsunamis, fires
Many lives are also lost in the process.
My thinking at first
I just thought that earthquakes are part of the natural environment that just results in damage of property and the loss of lives.
How my thinking has changed after this project
On the surface, earthquakes cause aftershocks, generate tsunamis, landslides and buildings to collapse. However what I have forgot to think about is how great the mental trauma can be to the victims. This is also one major relationship between earthquakes and mankind.
Examples of victims being trapped from earthquakes:
Tang Shan: Many victims were trapped under the rubble
San Francisco: A man was pinned down in the burning wreckage and when it began to burn at his feet , he begged to be killed. A policeman took down his name and address and shot him through the head.
WHAT WE CAN INFER:
We can see that earthquakes also affect people mentally.
Being trapped all alone, not knowing if they can get out alive, the victims must have been deeply traumatized and will definitely be affected mentally.
Was it that my thinking was too simplistic and naive?
I only thought of earthquakes as natural disasters that cause a lot of destruction to mankind. However, I never really thought about HOW EXACTLY earthquakes really affect mankind.
While all earthquakes do have many devastating effects on man, each earthquake vary and each of them has different effects on man.
For instance, the Chile and Lima earthquake generated a tsunami. The Chile earthquake also resulted in a landslide.
The Izmit earthquake caused many buildings to collapse.
The Tang Shan earthquake caused buildings to collapse and roads to be damaged.
The San Francisco earthquake sparked off a deadly fire.
DID YOU KNOW?
One particular earthquake brought about a festival! Yes, in the Lima earthquake, a tsunami generated by the earthquake destroyed a chapel. This chapel was built to honour Christ. However, the wall that contained the image of Christ was undamaged.
People would commemorate this event. There will be a procession and many people would wear purple clothes and join in this event.
A NEW PERSPECTIVE?
The Lima earthquake brought a new tradition to the people of Peru.
I did not know that it can actually affect mankind in this fashion.
Through this project, I learnt that although earthquakes cause destruction and affect man both physically and mentally, it can also give rise to traditions and festivals.
The natural environment does have its good sides as well! (not forgetting its bad side)
City of Tangshan, North East China:
When the earthquake struck:
-Many people were sleeping.
-Most people could not react in time and this resulted in many deaths
- Medical centres and roads were destroyed, thus the survivors could not receive help.
- Over 240,000 lives were lost.
Nature can also give warnings. Some such warnings before the Tangshan earthquake struck:
Water in wells in a village outside Tangshan rose and fell.
Other wells spouted gas and showed signs of cracking.
Chickens, mice and yellow weasels ran about.
In one household, a goldfish kept jumping about.
Thus, even though nature does have its bad side, it can also have positive impacts on mankind.
All in all, nature does have many effects on man, be it good or bad. However, in all cases, earthquakes do have a negative effect on man. They cause destruction, and there is nothing to stop this natural phenomenon from taking place.
The relationship between earthquakes and man is unhealthy.