The Chile’s Calbuco volcano is still spewing ashes and fire and terrifying residents in the vicinity. Then the earth-shaking earthquake hit Nepal with a deadly 7.8 magnitude. Hitherto, more than 3000 are reportedly dead and more than 6000 sustained injuries. Several severe aftershocks kept the terrified people in utter suspense. Over in Hawaii, the lava lake at Kilauea volcano is about to reach its top for the first time since it formed (Dutchsinse). Looks like nature is getting annoyed and is stirring into life – a harbinger of worse things to come?
Dead or missing foreigners
Australia: 549 Australians registered as travelling in Nepal, 200 confirmed safe
Bangladesh: 50 nationals, including members of the country’s under-14 girls’ football team, evacuated. No information on exact number of nationals in Nepal
China: Four nationals dead in Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reports
Colombia: Seven nationals missing
France: French authorities have located 1,098 nationals, but another 674 are still not in touch
India: Five killed in Nepal
UK: Several hundred Britons believed to be in Nepal. No reports of casualties but some missing.
US: Three Americans killed
Victims from other countries include a dead Estonian national and a Japanese man
Nepal is largely rural by today’s standards. Already, the aftermath of this earthquake is horrendous. What happens when an earthquake of comparable or larger magnitude is to strike a heavily populated city such as Los Angeles or Tokyo. Even as man marvel at their great engineering feats erecting skyscrapers along the earthquake fault lines, one wonders if this is sheer folly or just an obstinate attempt to challenge the power of nature. Seismologists and prophets are almost 100% certain that such an event will occur, it is just a matter of when. So are we ready to take on the powers of nature when it decides to descend upon man? Shall man take heed and not attempt another modern Tower of Babel? It will be futile. If you are still not convinced, take a look at some of the photos taken from Daily Mail. That may change your mind.
For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;