Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
Updates on Japan:
“There is a 70 per cent possibility that an aftershock with a magnitude of seven or more will occur” within the next three days, Takashi Yokota, director of earthquake prediction and information at the Japan Meteorological Agency, said.
“The possibility is 50 per cent” during the three days from March 16, he added, pointing out that strong aftershocks have continued since Friday’s quake and tsunami.
A magnitude-7 quake is capable of destroying buildings and triggering tsunamis
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La Hawla wala quwata illah billah! Not only are they facing the possibility of a second earthquake and tsunami but their nuclear reactor had leaked causing high level of radiation in Fukushima.
My heart goes out to the people of Japan :,(
In my last post, I mentioned that calamity can strike when we least anticipate – but how many of us are confident they are ready to face death? Neither of us would, I reckon.
Almost a year ago, the city which I live in was hit with torrential hailstorm which may not be of the same magnitude as the one in Japan but suffice to say, it was enough to damage properties and injure people. It happened on a bright sunny day in Summer when the weather drastically changed late in the afternoon. Ominous black clouds started forming and suddenly, hail stones as large as golf balls came crashing down.
The hail stones sounded as though someone was spraying bullets with a machine gun. I clearly remember how I got excited at first and opened the window but when large ice started to tear through the net, I had to close immediately. All lines of communication and electricity were cut at that point. I couldn’t contact anyone and worse of all, I was all alone in the darkness. As silly this will sound now but at one point, I wondered to myself if the roof should fall on me or something worse were to happen, maybe flood – can anyone find me in the debris? Will that be the last of me? Allahu Mustaan…
In fact, I was supposed to still be in school which ended at that same time the hailstorm started. Oddly enough, I have never skipped that particular tutorial but that day, I just felt like heading home instead. Subhan Allah.. Allah protected me from harm!
The hailstorm lasted for approximately two hours before it ceased. For just that two hours, it had cost more than $100 million worth of damages in my area and neighboring suburbs. Other suburbs were out of electricity for two days. One of my school libraries were submerged in the mudslide. Cars and houses were badly damaged. Till today, you can still find some cars with large dents from the ice. Try throwing a large ice towards metal and see if you can actually make a dent on it! Imagine how much strength you have to exert! Subhan Allah!
I would say that the hailstorm was relatively minor as compared to the disaster in Japan. No lives were lost, maybe a couple of injuries and damages but we had our lives back within a week or two. Everyone went back to their daily routine as per normal.
A sister wrote this on FB: “The signs of the End of Time are obvious..and we are still oblivious?? It is time for a serious retrospection: What Have We Packed For Akhirah, our Eternal Abode?“
What have you packed for yours?