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EARTHQUAKE: What Our Average Human Senses Not Telling Us

Updated on February 26, 2015
Lord Almighty, though cast on earth and upon us a mighty quake, keep us strong in faith to get back up again.
Lord Almighty, though cast on earth and upon us a mighty quake, keep us strong in faith to get back up again. | Source

The News

August 31, 2012, Toronto. I got up at nine in the morning, checked my Facebook Notifications and found the status of my sister, Missy and other friends mentioning about an earthquake at 7.9 magnitude. As I read their Facebook Status updates, it is nine o’clock in the night in the Philippines.

I quickly searched for more news on Google and saw fresh postings of the earthquake. I’d better check the live update instead, I thought, at There were sparks of warnings of a wide tsunami across the neighbouring Pacific region, but not long after, the tsunami warning got cancelled which is a big relief.

On the World Earthquakes Live Earthquakes News and Highlights, there is a long list of places visited by earthquake ranging from magnitudes 1.0 in Northern California to 7.9 in the Philippine Islands Region.

A varied reading of the earthquakes visits included places like Southern California, Central Alaska, Chile, China, Los Angeles, Virgin Islands, Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, British Columbia, Papua New Guinea, and in Europe/Euro Mediterranean such as Italy, Gulf of Aden, Poland and Turkey with tremors changing magnitude readings.

Our senses don't tell us...

≈ When you feel suddenly dizzy, crazy dizzy and you're not taking one of those 'high' substance like you're flapping your wings and gliding in the atmosphere, our senses don't tell us that that was a few seconds earthquake you just felt, unless, small items around you start falling, but not you. If you're out in an open area like a sidewalk or city park and suddenly feel damn dizzy while the birds are crazy flying away and dogs go nuts, honestly, you don't sense it right away that it was an earthquake moment. Again, nothing might have fallen to the ground like leaves from the trees or yourself. Lucky you.

≈ When you're out at a zoo with the exotic and wild animals and what you're thinking as a best day ever, suddenly, these creatures make humiliating and disturbing faces at you, or running away from you instead of you running away from them. And what do you do? You make faces at them too! You might not even feel any shaking from the ground because you are too concerned and puzzled why the animals are looking like Jack Black. It's because they felt a scary, bizarre shudder on the surface.

≈ As psychics warn: You will feel very upset, sad and crying for no valid reason. Why is that? They say because the World is bringing a bad aura, a heavy one that affects our moods. The Earth's seismic activity beneath your feet transmits strong energies to your brain. Aside from the seismologists' guesses and seismogram recordings of this phenomenon, the psychics envision it coming. We don't have the gift to foresee unless you are a psychic. Now, stop crying.

Seismic belt plates
Seismic belt plates | Source
Calling heaven's name I thee do cry, a silent voice, a trembling body, a saddened heart, my eyes filled with fright and dry; to save my soul and the others too, please God hear me.
Calling heaven's name I thee do cry, a silent voice, a trembling body, a saddened heart, my eyes filled with fright and dry; to save my soul and the others too, please God hear me. | Source

The World’s 10 Deadliest Earthquakes

Many countries hit by magnitudes of earthquake considered as the largest between the range of 8.5 and above had past disasters dating back July 9, 869, the Sanriku earthquake hit off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Region, Japan (8.6 est.). And again, in March 11, 2011, the same Tohoku Region, Japan was revisited by a much larger magnitude of 9.0 making it an unimaginable devastation. The undersea earthquake from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean claimed to be the most powerful known earthquake that Japan had ever been hit.

With my further research eager to know which countries are known with deadliest earthquakes, I thought of the “earthquake zone”. I went down the basement to look for my old geographical world globe. The Seismic belt or the Circum-Pacific belt is located along the rim of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions could be devastating and often a large number of occurrences happen repeatedly within gaps in number of years. Remember the term, the “Pacific Ring of Fire”?

The belt covers its reach from Chile to New Zealand. The second belt recognized by its own importance is the Alpide extending through the Himalayas, the Mediterranean, and into the Atlantic Ocean. Earthquakes mostly happen in places sitting on active fault zones and plate borders where the Earth’s crust which is divided into tectonic plates move, meet and rub against each other. Hmm, it’s not like a friendly rub, isn’t it? It’s more like gangs rubbing shoulders! (Sorry, my mind is slipping again, a result from an aftershock…)

History Records Top 10 Deadliest Earthquakes

  1. Shensi, China - January 23, 1556 - Magnitude 8 - 830,000 deaths
  2. Tangshan, China - July 27, 1976 - Magnitude 7.5 - 255,000 deaths. Estimated as 655,000
  3. Aleppo, Syria - August 9, 1138 - Magnitude unknown - 230,000 deaths
  4. Sumatra, Indonesia - December 26, 2004 - Magnitude 9.1-9.3 - 227,898 deaths
  5. Haiti - January 12, 2010 - Magnitude 7.0 - about 222,570 deaths
  6. Damghan, Iran - December 22, 856 - Magnitude 7.9 (est.) - about 200,000 deaths
  7. Haiyuan, Ningxia, China - December 16, 1920 – Magnitude 7.8 - about 200,000 deaths
  8. Ardabil, Iran - March 23, 893 - Magnitude unknown - about 150,000 deaths
  9. Kanto, Japan - September 1, 1923 – Magnitude 7.9 - 142,800 deaths
  10. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - October 5, 1948 – Magnitude 7.3 - 110,000 deaths

I see it coming...
I see it coming... | Source

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Psychics and Earthquakes

What do psychics see in their crystal balls? Or do they still use crystal balls to see the future? Psychics can read minds, communicate with souls from beyond, see past events, foretell the future, and even have the natural gifted ability to predict earthquakes all the time. Though truly an earthquake is impossible to predict as per scientists due to an extreme degree of factors or contributions that could cause it, a psychic’s foretelling of an earthquake to happen is a vision that includes a location, but not to the point of giving an exact detail of a location. A psychic’s ability could serve as a helpful warning.

A psychic predicting an earthquake may sound silly to you and me, but they claim that they can and are very close to being harmoniously correct.

Earthquake Facts and Falsities

People are scared; who amongst the living doesn’t? But there are rumours that abound crawling underneath the earth spreading faster before a real earthquake could even occur. Is doomsday near? Rumours imagined and created by creative and malicious minds can be dangerous, overwhelming and stimulates restless acts of panic, thrills and disturbing thoughts of what could happen especially among the average people.

Folks believe that an earthquake is evil brought by the devil.
Folks believe that an earthquake is evil brought by the devil. | Source

People should rely on facts and facts alone. Here are some quick earthquake FACTS and FALSITIES:

False: Earthquake does not happen in some specific months like January or March.

Fact: Earthquake can happen anytime, any day, any month of the year, even hundreds of earthquakes occur in a day from all over the world.

False: Quakes disturb only on one side of Earth.

Fact: Quakes naturally occurring on one side of Earth can tremble the other side.

False: A typical earthquake can last for more than a minute.

Fact: A typical earthquake lasts under 60 seconds, never longer than a minute. Also, there are sometimes ‘aftershocks’ that also lasts for a few seconds.

False: An earthquake does not trigger to create a massive wave tsunami or an eruption of a volcano.

Fact: An earthquake can induce a tsunami or a volcano to erupt. Earthquakes do not always affect a volcano to erupt, but happens when the fault rupture reaches or extends beneath a volcano.

False: California is most visited by earthquake in the U.S.

Fact: Alaska is the U.S. state that is most prone to earthquakes and is seismically active.

False: The deadliest earthquake happened in Japan.

Fact: The deadliest earthquake happened in Central China in 1556 with a death toll of 830,000.

False: Animals can predict earthquakes is untrue. Though many moons ago, animals were used to help man predict earthquakes through their crazy behaviour on how their instincts react to vibrations received from underground.

Fact: Animals could naturally sense an earthquake is coming; ordinary humans don't, except if you're a psychic. That’s a better understanding.

False: Folks believe that an earthquake is evil brought about by the devil like in that 1961 film- “The Devil at 4 O’Clock”, about how an explosive eruption of a volcano caused a massive disaster in a small island with fire, lava, earthquakes.

Fact: Earthquake is brought about the collision of major plate boundaries. The Pacific Ring of Fire is not the devil’s other pit, but is the home base in the arms of the Pacific Ocean of a large number of varied earthquakes and 452 volcanoes to which a great number are still active for eruptions. ≈♥≈

On Getting Prepared

Where ever you may be when an earthquake happens, it is good to be prepared and educated how to protect yourself. Let’s hope that with your quick thinking and background skill of being prepared will save your life and save others.

Do an exercise with your friends, co-workers, or family at home. You might get a shrug on the shoulders for the drill idea, but make it fun with doses of seriousness. There are more fire drills than earthquake drills, don’t you agree? So, why not consider an earthquake drill to be equally important?

  1. Find a durable strong table or work desk in your work or home where you are distantly safe from anything to fall on you. While holding on to the table, remember that to take cover is specifically protecting your head.
  2. Stay away from windows, wall and ceiling fixtures, tall and heavy standing furniture by sitting on the floor against a bare wall.
  3. Keep an emergency kit and other important survival and essential supplies. These should be stored in a place in your home where it will give you easy access.


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      4 years ago

      I. Was. In. The. 2004. Tsunami

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      I. Was. In. The. 2004. Tsunami

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you, aviannovice! I thought, wow, upon putting up this hub, I was as well got more educated about Earthquakes. Have a peaceful day!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is superb information. You took a lot of time to amass this info, as well as the facts section. Great job!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      So Diyo was hubbing and you Miswa was facebooking!! Even if that was way back 7 months ago, an earthquake MUST get you off your seat. I bet the cashier was already outside before you did. Facebook cannot help you, but could only post about you later on, LOL!

      That too was a lucky day, a lucky moment and I bet again, the people who went back for their meals couldn't find their plates. Their plates must have gone rolling down the mall to get out. Wheee!

      Thank you sis for sharing your funny story!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Diyo! I'm laughing at some funny comments you made at the same time I'm glad that everything went fine. You were on HubPages, that's good, but it's the government that has to be blamed if ever coz it took them more time than the time you realized...not, your hubbing, hehehe. Thank you for sharing your story. Cheers!

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      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Reading this hub made me remember again an earthquake that hit Cebu last Feb 2012. I was at the mall with Darryl Draycott. We were at the bottom floor using the internet cafe when the table began shaking and the glass walls waving...Darryl was quick to bolt out and kept shouting for me to come out. I go, "One second! I have to log out of facebook first!" Then he gave me a face when I said, "I have to pay the cashier, too." It was funny looking back at that moment when you see the mob of people rushing out of the mall exit doors. I've been calm and didn't want to rush out with throng.

      Luckily, the tremors did no heavy/major damage and everybody went back inside the mall..maybe some to finish their meals...if they can still find their plates.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      My smile is so wide, Cris! I do admit that my mind wanders sometimes, hahaha, really. It is difficult for me to come up with 'full' seriousness in my hubs, I don't want to go insane. Ever watched the TV series, "Fringe"? Walter Bishop is a scientist mixed with seriousness and humour! And in this hub, I want to shake the nerve endings of people especially my sis away from August 31st fright. She has not read this yet, hoping she'll find a chance to see it.

      Thanks for all the good energies you've given me. *Smile*

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very interesting and informative hub. I love how you digress in between; makes it more lively to read *smile*. Voting up and across the board plus sharing.


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