Earthquake in Pakistan.

Essay by asad213High School, 11th gradeA+, December 2005

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In the past few weeks, the people of Pakistan have had their worst nightmare. They have witnessed nature's most terrible catastrophe and continue to endure its aftermath. Innocent people were caught helpless against the powers of nature and were unaware that what was coming their way would be the worst earthquake in the history of Pakistan. No one could sense the danger of the tragic events before they actually unfolded on them. The calamity was waiting to happen for many years and it left behind the wounds which would take a considerable span of time to heal. The earthquake ruthlessly wiped out almost all the possessions of the local people who were oblivious of the fact that the massive disaster would entirely change the course of their lives. It robed innumerous people of their happiness and took away with it the innocent smiles of young children.

At the early morning of 8th October 2005, the lives of many Pakistanis began to shake and it was the makings of a tragedy of immense proportions.

The shaking of the earth was not merely a sensation but in fact the strength of the earthquake that registered 7.6 on the Richter scale, making it one of the most powerful temblors ever to rock South Asia. The areas highly devastated by the earthquake were parts of Kashmir and N.W.F.P including Balakot, Muzafarabad, Bagh, Abbotabad, valley of Nelum and Mansehra. The sudden chain of events caused panic but not many could make it to safety. The enormous sky-high buildings reduced to rubble in the affected areas bear witness to the events of 8th 0ctober. The deafening silence just moments after the incident and the hue and cry after the wounded came round of unconsciousness are some of the memories that the survivors can recall. The blood-covered...