The Himalayan Tragedy – Day 19 #writing101

Today’s Prompt: Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop.

Today’s Twist: No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about.

Okay, right. So I hope you all know about the earthquake that wrecked Nepal, a few days ago. Well, the aftershocks and tremors were felt here in Lucknow, Delhi and even Kolkata. I was in my school when the first aftershock waves hit, studying chemistry. Sitting on the second floor made the effect even worse. We were instantly evacuated from the building and sent home, with our bags still inside. The next day, same thing happened, although at that point I was in a complex. We made a run for open ground, yet again. This made the State government declare a two-day official holiday.


Amidst all panic and fear, our normal classes resumed from yesterday. So the topic of discussion in my Wolf-Pack was naturally, the earthquake. Right, so let me give you a bit of background information. With the exception of the 1934 earthquake, there have been no major earthquakes (7.5 or above) for the past 700 years or so. Owing to this, a large amount of pressure has built up inside the earth, as it has had no vent to release the mounting energy. Thus there is a very high possibility of a super earthquake of magnitude 9.0 in the Himalayan region. To give an idea of how miserably destructive it is going to be, consider this, the intensity of an earthquake increases ten times for every whole number jump. And the force released increases by somewhat 30.5 times. It’s seriously too much.


Now there are two possibilities, either 30-60 earthquakes, similar to the one that took place in Nepal a few days back, will happen to release all the built-up pressure or a super earthquake of magnitude 9.0 (or higher). Which leads us to the discussion I had with my friends, if you were to choose a way to release all the built up pressure (because, let’s be practical, either of the two are going to happen), which one would you pray for, or in simpler words, which one of the two scenario’s is going to be the least destructive. The arguments in the favour of the 30-60 earthquakes of small magnitude said that such small earthquakes would occur in different regions of the Himalayas, and at different time-periods, thus making it not so devastating. But I’d say take into account the damage caused by this one earthquake to Nepal. The death poll may even rise to 10,000, which is a lot. Now multiply it by 60!


The ones who were in the favour of the 9.0 superquake, said that if such an event took place then the Northern Ganga Plains would be able to absorb most of the pressure. But they did not take into account that if an earthquake of that magnitude took place, it will stretch right from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, crossing Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh. And is something that huge happened, it will almost completely shatter the Himalayas. No region would be able to survive such great power. And from what I fell, you can’t quake-proof a house to that kind of energy. And it will also deeply affect the Northern Plains, destroying many structures…

Well, I have no idea if such an event is going to take place, but if it does, it will within the next two years. Which one do you feel is less destructive, the innumerable smaller quakes or one large super quake?


7 thoughts on “The Himalayan Tragedy – Day 19 #writing101

  1. The Mayan calendar, that marked December 21st 2012. You know? The one that was predicted to mark the “end of the world? The one everybody laughed at? Was a marker for an event, that is taking place now. What it really marked was our planet and solar system’s march across the great divide. What is that, some may ask?

    The great divide is where the galaxy known as the Milky Way is separated in the middle, by the black hole which drives it’s rotation. For this solar system was not originally born of the Milky Way. It joined from another galaxy, estimated time past?

    Some say about 2 billion years? The galaxy we are from, is known as the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical galaxy. Or SatDEG. All this is online, yet not highly publicized.

    What the Mayans knew for they were superb astronomers. Was that because we had joined from this galaxy, SatDEG. That our rotation around the axis of the Milky Way [MW] was also marked by a slow looping motion back and forth across the centre.

    In India, the MW is well marked in the sky at night. The star clusters on either side of this black hole driving MW. Can easily be seen. Earth is at an angle to it. So we behold that splendour. If we had been a part of Milky Way when it exploded, in creation. We might expect the view to be horizontal, to us?

    Anyway, this slow looping back and forth across the great divide takes about 5,000 years or so. This is what that Mayan Calendar was marking. The end of one age the beginning of a new one. End of Kaliyug, start of Satyug. That Mayan calendar is now reset. BTW the Mayans used about 17 different calendars.

    The transition across the divide, is predicted to bring the full force of this black hole driving the galaxy. On our sun and it’s planets. Which in turn creates a strain on us. That was predicted to bring strange weather events, volcanic and earthquake action. Further, the path of our Solar system, is headed toward the Ort Cloud. Which will bring cosmic debris our way. Meteors and Comets. The crossing of the Divide should be about 8 years, so by 2020 we should be past the worst effects?

    As for your question, whether one big earthquake is less destructive to several smaller ones? I do not know. The world is a remarkable place. Sometimes smaller quakes are more deadly for the inhabitants. Sometimes one big quake brings destruction too. Much of it depends, where on the planet. About 80% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast. So tsunamis and the like can be deadly from even a smaller quake. The quake in Fukushima is still destroying the Pacific ocean and life within. The sardine and herring collapse in Pacific means food fish like Tuna and Salmon, will likely collapse too? There are many reports of a dead sea off the coast of America and Canada. Starfish have also been dying at an unprecedented rate.

    It may seem like doom and gloom? Yet, I feel sure there are better days coming. Cheers Jamie.


  2. You know there’s no good answer to this but then I thought – what would be more worse? In case of having multiple smaller quakes – would you really have people living in fear every second as to when and where the next one would strike. Maybe it’s better – no that’s not the right word -to have one big quake and be done with it. Yes, there’ll be causalities, loads of them, but at least we can find consolation in the fact that the worst is over and all that is left to do is rebuild. I dunno if I’m crazy for thinking like this.

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    • You know, you have a really crisp point in your answer! It definitely would be comparatively better to have a 9.0 earthquake and be done with it for no one can just live with the fear of an earthquake just about to happen… That is one hell of a point and it seriously makes so much sense!

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  3. Saksham, I enjoy reading your posts so much that I have listed your blog site on my blog today in response to being nominated for a Liebstar Award. The rules state that you can only nominate someone with under 200 followers and I notice you are over that amount. However, I thought I’d still give you a plug. Feel free to play along any way and nominate those blogs you like with under 200 followers. Hope you’re hanging in there, literally! Here’s my post:

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