Jul 27, 2007

Power of Earthquake

Let us see the Power of Earthquake! These pictures tells us about the devastating power of Nature, in the form of Earthquake.

The San Andreas Fault scars Southern California’s Carrizo Plain like a battle wound. The 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) fault runs through western and southern California, dividing the Pacific and North American plates.

A crane and several construction vehicles lay toppled on a fractured road in Kobe, Japan, after a 7.2-magnitude temblor shook the quake-prone country. The Great Hanshin Earthquake Disaster of 1995 was one of the worst in Japan’s history, killing 6,433 people and causing more than $100 billion in damages.

A 1976 earthquake near Guatemala City shattered this bridge in Agua Caliente, cutting off the city’s main supply route to the Atlantic. The 7.5-magnitude quake killed more than 23,000 people and left thousands more injured and homeless.

A steel-fortified railroad lies twisted like a toy after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Kobe, Japan, in 1995. The earthquake was the biggest to hit Japan in 47 years and shook the city for 20 seconds.

Workers position support beams to steady titling homes in San Francisco's Marina District after a disastrous earthquake hit the city in 1989. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake buckled highways and bridges, crushed cars, and toppled homes and buildings throughout the city.

Picture Source: National Geographic


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