What Does An Earthquake Feel Like?

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The name itself suggests, an earthquake is the quivering or shaking of the surface of the earth, at some point of the earth. The cause of an earthquake is the movement or dislocation of lava and hot gases under the depths of the earth's crust.

When an earthquake is about to occur, there is first a mild movement of the mass of earth, as if it is moving as a cradle. Such slight movements are usually quite a few in number and they serve as warning signals, that, more and faster movement can be expected in its wake.

This slight quiver may or may not be followed by stronger tremors, but, if they do, people on earth at that particular point are in for trouble.

An earthquake does not appear everywhere at the same time, nor does it appear in all places. There are certain areas of the earth which are more prone to earthquakes than others.

This is because, at certain places the earth's crust is weaker than at others, and so, with the movements of depths of the earth, vibrations are felt in the form of an earthquake.

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Once, I had the opportunity to see and understand the pangs and pains of the earthquake. This tremor was felt in Delhi when I was there last year, on a short holiday. It was a cold evening and all of the children were sitting in the bedroom of our apartment on the fourth floor.

While we were just chatting and playing cards, I felt the bed shaking wondering if my little brother was shaking the bed, I shouted at him to stop shaking. As I was just in the process of shouting at him, the bed shook once again with ...

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