Magnitude about 8, about 830,000 deaths.
This earthquake occurred in the Shaanxi province (formerly Shensi), China, about 50 miles east-northeast of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi. More than 830,000 people are estimated to have been killed. Damage extended as far away as about 270 miles northeast of the epicenter, with reports as far as Liuyang in Hunan, more than 500 miles away. Geological effects reported with this earthquake included ground fissures, uplift, subsidence, liquefaction and landslides. Most towns in the damage area reported city walls collapsed, most to all houses collapsed and many of the towns reported ground fissures with water gushing out
: Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec. 26, 2004
Magnitude 9.1, 227,898 deaths.
This was the third largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska temblor. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. (In January 2005, the death toll was 286,000. In April 2005, Indonesia reduced its estimate for the number missing by over 50,000.) THE PLAGUE
In this novel, the city of Oran is divided into upper and lower classes. The upper class does not care about the people living in lower class. When the plague spread, these classes come together leaving their issues and helping each other. These classes make a community where they help people by giving them food, shelter and clothes. Rambert who misses his wife so much and tries to escape from the town, by not caring about the community, he joins to help people. Here, community not only helps people of different classes to come together, but follow the path of community.
As the plague may always return, so it is everyone concern. These people formed a group to help the people who are suffering. “The plague is seemed as a collective enemy that concerns everyone. They recognize their social responsibility and take up efforts against the plague” (Elbert 2). “It is the great equalizer because no one can escape its deadly grasp regardless of position or class. Highly moralistic, the novel speaks out movingly against violence” (Elbert 1) “They knew now that if there is one thing one can always yearn for, and sometimes attain, it is human love.” (Albert Camus 290). “For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering”.” (Albert Camus 267)
Love is something which makes person happy. But, in this book love is describe as an evil, which means as a negative motivation. People like Rambert who can do anything to get their just to see her wife, forgetting their responsibility towards the society and humanity. He tried to escape from the city. “Rambert, a journalist, tries desperately to return to his lover in France, further emphasizing the underlying theme of separation” (Elbert 1). “Rambert finally finds a way out of the city, but decides to stay and join in the struggle with Rieux and Tarrou” (Adam 2). “Am well. Thinking of you always. Love” (Albert Camus 169). “A loveless world is a dead world.” (Albert Camus 219) To take some precaution governor pass the law to close the doors of Oran. After this, Business in Oran can’t be possible because of the location. Trading is the main occupation for Oran which is not possible for people after closing the doors. “The ravages of the plague finally force the town’s bureaucrats to order a strict quarantine of Oran leaving the citizenry imprisoned within the city’s gate” (Elbert 3).No one were allowed to cross the sea.(Adam3). “The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits” (Albert Camus 121). “Even the sea had lost its deep blue colour and, beneath the misty sky, took on the sheen of silver or iron, making it painful to look at.” Albert Camus (132) What’s true of all the