Yesterday I came out of my Geography lecture just so happy. The information was just so awesome! We were studying Earthquakes, the in depth physical processes behind it and whether someone can actually predict an Earthquake. The most amazing thing about these lectures is that they open my eyes to the signs of Allah, subhan’Allah.
The weirdest thing we learnt was about this Earthquake in China, in 1975. Chinese officials ordered the evacuation of Haicheng, a city with one million people, just days before a 7.3-magnitude quake. They only did this because they had been receiving a lot of complaints and warnings from locals, who had seen that the animals in the community were acting strange, from their sleeping pattern, to making weird sounds and whatnot. Only a small portion of the population was hurt or killed. If the city had not been evacuated, it is estimated that the number of fatalities and injuries could have exceeded 150,000.
This is despite the fact that seismologists can’t detect Earthquakes, and have no way of knowing exactly when or where the next one will hit.
Anyway, thought I’d share that for anyone who’s interested.