Earthquake of New Zealand
Chan Tsz Ngai 6B (4)
Although our technology has improved, we cannot prevent the natural disaster. We can predict the weather but we can’t change them. The only thing we can do is reduce the damage cause by the disaster. Moreover, the damages that are caused by these natural hazards are very huge. More time is needed to rebuild the building.
The earthquake happened in New Zealand last two weeks is an example that how powerful the hazard is. It has been estimated that earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.1. It is about 100,000 house were damaged, with 500 building to be demolished. In this case, we can see that things can be damaged in a very short time even though a lot of time is spent to build up these buildings. Many people become homeless, they had nowhere to go. Some people may also lose their job. And this lead to a great economic loss.
However, the disaster cause a great economic loss, it is fortunate that the numbers of injury is only two. This make me compare with this earthquake and the earthquake happened in Sichuan at 2008.The number of death in this earthquake is about 69,000 people. Although the magnitude of this earthquake is about 30 times of the earthquake in New Zealand, I don’t think the numbers of death can be hugely different. As I said at the beginning, although we cannot prevent the coming of disaster, we can still do some precaution on it, such as raise the awareness of people, and improve the building structure. This incident make me to pay more attention to know more about the world and I think I am lucky that Hong Kong does not have any serious hazard in stead of typhoon and monsoon. I hope everyone in Hong Kong can cherish that we can live in a stable city.