Earthquakes are so scary. Even for the smallest movement, we jump up and escape outdoors. But most earthquakes are not causing any damages or injuries.
In the summer of 1999, I was also affected by a big earthquake during my studies in Athens. Because a few buildings collapsed, my family thought that all buildings did and that I was hurt.
Thinking back I will admit that it was scary because many people died. However, the buildings that did collapse were not constructed well.
Later the investigations that followed by the local authorities discovered that we could have prevented all life losses if the buildings were constructed according to the law.
So most of the time earthquakes are not themselves lethal but we tend not considering them when we are building our urban environment.
Most often people hurt themselves during an earthquake just because of fear. Yet we need to understand why we do have earthquakes.
In this way, we may fear less these natural phenomena. Hence the and only option we have is to learn to live with earthquakes.
In this episode, we are learning how Earth is dancing. So it is a part of the story of our planet that explains why earthquakes are happening in specific areas.
Finally, we talk about why we should not be afraid of natural disasters, we should rather learn to deal with them by limiting their catastrophic effects.
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