Sunday, January 3, 2016

Quaking in Bangladesh on January 4th, 2016




This morning at 5am the earth moved, waking and quaking us from our slumber. Fortunately it was centered in India, so the impact here in Bangladesh was less. Still we were awakened until the shaking stopped.


A few items tumbled from their places at my house, but other than this all remained relatively intact and we all are safe. I’m told that Bangladesh sits on a fault though and there is the possibility of an earthquake actually occurring here. This would cause mass devastation because most of the buildings are not built to sustain during an Earthquake. While traditional wisdom says to shelter in place, in a doorway or closet, strategies differ from country to country or culture to culture. In countries like Bangladesh, it's always advisable to get out of the building especially when you have doubts whether the structure is capable of withstanding large tremors. Here are a few tips from various sources:


  • If you’re indoors during an earthquake, rush to a safer place and duck down under sturdy furniture, table or any strong point of the home where there are less chances of a collapse.

  • Do not rush towards the exit until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, it is safe for you to run towards the exit. Avoid standing under book shelves or near breakable objects like mirrors, windows, mounted items, heavy appliances, heavy furniture or a fireplace.

  • When indoors, turn off the stove and other electrical appliances and seek safety.

  • If you are in bed, hold on and lie there, protecting your head with a pillow. You can also roll off the bed and lie down on the floor in a fetal position next to any large furniture.

  • If you are outside, stay away from buildings. Take special precaution to be far as possible away from glass buildings. 

  • Stay away from power lines and anything that could fall on you. 

  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. 

  • Stay away from windows and light fixtures. 

  • If you are in bed, stay where you are and cover your head with a pillow to protect yourself from any objects that may fall. 

  • If you are outside, drop to the ground in a clear area away from buildings, trees and power lines. 

  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear space and stay in the car until the shaking stops. 

  • Stay away from bookcases and other furniture that can fall on you.

  • If you are in bed, stay where you are and cover your head with a pillow to protect yourself from falling objects.

  • If you are outside, drop to the ground in a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines

  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear space.  Stay in the car until the shaking stops

  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit.

  • If you are outdoors, stay as far away from buildings as possible. Take special precaution of being far away from glass buildings.


Earthquake Risk in Bangladesh Part 1: Background



Earthquake Risk in Bangladesh Part 2: Collecting Data


Earthquake Risk in Bangladesh Part 3: Results



Earthquake Risk in Bangladesh Part 4: Beyond Tectonics



Despite that this marks several jolts in recent years, people still haven't taken it seriously. This post reflects some of what I also saw.  For this reason, I was the last person today to check-in on Facebook and haven't even taken a look at Twitter, yet. 




An earthquake isn't just a fun status, it is the loss of human life in our context. Let us all support each other and just be thankful that until now, Bangladesh has yet to have a major earthquake centered in it. 

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