Have you heard of the earthquake occurred in Italy this Wednesday? It’s a magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck in the middle of the night and has killed at least 247 people until now. What a pity! Although the magnitude is not so big, it can cause severe damage.
However, the degree of damage depends on many factors, such as the magnitude, the stability of constructions, density of population, rate of reaction and so on. So far the biggest earthquake ever recorded on the moment magnitude scale measured 9.5, which happened in Chile in 1960. But the damage of Chile earthquake is much less than Huaxian earthquake in China in 1556 which was measured magnitude 8. It is recorded that about 20,000 people died in the former one while around 830,000 people died in the latter one. How amazing and regretful it is! To be frank, human beings are really small in the face of natural disasters. No matter how fast and well we react to the disaster, what we all can do is to minimize the damage. Therefore, it’s more important to prevent than cure just like illness.
Since we have mentioned natural disasters, we cannot ignore the “Ice Age” that was talked about in my previous blogs. The “Ice Age” is not a groundless rumor as something unusual has happened this year.
First, the surface water of North Atlantic is cooling. “The temperature of North Atlantic surface water is the main control on Europe’s climate,” says David Archibald. “This summer is not only behaving like fall, but even like winter,” says meteorologist Domink Jung. Second, there was a historically coldest night on record of August in the Netherlands. On Wednesday night the mercury in Twente dropped to 0 degree, which is unique because never anywhere in the country at this time of year has the temperature dropped to freezing. According to Weather Online, in the period from 20 July to 21 August there has never been reported frost on the ground. That night almost broke this record. Third, it snowed down to 1500 meters in the Alps in mid July. “For mid July such a low elevation snowfall is extremely rare,” reports meteorologist Dominik Jung. “Clearly snow is not real unusual in June or late August at these elevations, but in July it is truly an unusual event to witness. This summer is not only behaving like fall, but even like winter.” Actually, there is plenty of evidence proving the “Ice Age” is coming but I would stop giving examples here. To sum up, we shouldn’t ignore this event and ought to take preventive measures from now on. In addition, please don’t expect too much on such device as air conditioner or heating because they may break down when everybody uses them at the same time. And a better choice is to wear enough warm clothes like fur lined coats to keep your body heat. Of course, it’s your freedom and right to make a decision according to your own intelligence, and I just desire to bring up my advice.
Please remember that man and nature are not only competitors, but also partners and friends. Learning to respect, concern and understand each other will make friendly and sustainable development become the source of happiness! Man and nature, nature and science, science and CWMALLS will eventually make more contributions to human society and natural ecology! Welcome to set yourself an example to others, and take practical actions for our common stability, safety, prosperity and happiness! Let’s make the world become more beautiful for our existence! Writing here, my blogs of “Ice Age” series have come to an end. Thank you for your reading!
Freelance writer, columnist
August 25, 2016