It is indeed petrifying when all a sudden you notice your ceiling fan is swaying, the keys hanging on your cupboard or drawers are moving briskly, and your chair is quivering a bit. I am sure thousands of people will take it as a sign of supernatural power or the arrival of a ghost. This is due to the fact that we live in a zone that is not prone to earthquakes; however it is not implausible after what you experienced only a few hours back. The earthquake that struck the Bay of Bengal region measured 5.6 on the Richter scale. So, I strongly advice you not to sit back and shiver but to act wisely and save your life
Due to Global Warming and other factors scenarios which were considered highly unlikely are now taking place. Countries like Japan and Mexico have suffered tremendously due to this natural phenomena. Some of the big earthquakes have left cities in just a pile of rubble and ash. Although we never faced such severe calamity, we can never be sure that it wouldn’t affect us. So, let me get you aware about earthquake detection and other techniques through the web and several Mobile Apps.
The next time you experience any sort of tremor the first thing you do is pay a visit to the following site http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ . This website provided by the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program, is designed to reduce the casualties in earthquakes that is a very common phenomenon these days. It will help you to provide several ways to obtain real-time earthquake lists. In addition, the moment you enter the site you will come across a window with a world map that provides news of the latest earthquakes. The list is updated every 30 minutes and once you click on it, it shows you an image of the world map and marks the area where the earthquake is taking place. Once you open the map you will see several areas marked with yellow circles. These are the earthquake hit areas of the last 24 hours. The red circle depicts the location of the latest earth quake and the green circle shows if you are in a region where the earthquake is taking place. On the bottom left hand side of the map you can see a box which shows the epicenter of the earthquake and the exact coordinates. Alongside that it also shows date, time and location of the quake. You can directly see this map following this link http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/.
Apart from this there are also several mobile apps that will help you get earthquake alerts. For iphone users you can download QuakeFeed Earthquake Map, Alerts and News. The earthquake alerts on this app is a few minutes faster than the USGS alerts. The app allows you to set up your own custom perimeters and view only the earthquakes that you deem important for your area. It further notifies you directly in the form of a tone & text message so that you don’t miss a single notification while seconds count. Android users can download Earthquake Alert to get notified about any quakes near you. However this app does not send you notification in the form of texts.
The quake struck at 9:51 pm yesterday, about 275 km south east of the Paradip port in Odisha. Tremors were felt across several parts of our country. The region is not prone to earthquakes, so it is puzzling seismologists as to why a quake has struck so close to the east coast of India.