ARTICLE : EARTHQUAKES
Like floods and famines, earthquakes are also great national calamities. They many a times cause a heavy loss of life and property.
The real cause of an earthquake is now found out by scientists. It has been revealed by them that it is caused by a series of expansion and contractions going on in the bowels of the earth. It is also often caused by the volcanic action in a region. So, earthquakes are common in volcanic and mountainous region.
A volcanic region is more prone to earthquake. An earthquake can be sometimes so mild that it can go unnoticed. At times it causes general alarm, fright and panic. But some earthquakes can be sometimes very devastating such as those of Sicily, Quetta, Bhuj and Japan which caused a lot of colossal damage to life and property.
Earthquake sometimes proves as blessing in disguise. Sometimes a submerged part of a river or sea is lifted and it proves to be a fertile place of virgin.
Man is really helpless against the terrific power and the fury of earthquakes. It can mitigate the hardship and suffering of the affected people but humanity will however learn to live with earthquakes for a long time to come.