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bujhee kom
July 22, 2011, 12:36 PM
Watch the documentery guys...and also please read the article and let's take this very seriously....

It's from our Columbia University, serious and very worrysome problem in our way....

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After the recent great quakes that have swept away entire coastlines and cities in Japan, Haiti and Sumatra, scientists are now looking hard at the nation that may suffer the gravest threat of all: Bangladesh. A new documentary from the Earth Institute follows seismologists as they trace signs of deeply buried active faults, past movements of the earth, and sudden, catastrophic river-course changes.

With more than 160 million people, Bangladesh is the most crowded place on earth, and one of the poorest–and it is growing fast. It sits on the world’s largest river delta, close to sea level, which exposes it to tsunamis and the possibility of rivers jumping their banks in the event of earthquake. And, it is furiously putting up bridges and multistory buildings that increase its vulnerability. Scientists have come to recognize that it sits at the juncture of several active tectonic plate boundaries–including the tail end of the one that caused the 2004 Sumatra tsunami that killed over 200,000 people, 1,300 miles south. Syed Humayun Akhter, a seismologist at the Dhaka University Earth Observatory, warns that an earthquake near the crowded capital could dwarf other modern tragedies.

This year saw the start of a five-year, $5 million project to chart the hazards, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for International Research and Education program. Led by seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in conjunction with Dhaka University, the team includes specialists from Vanderbilt University, the University of Minnesota and Queens College, and researchers in Germany, Italy and India. The scientists have been upgrading a network of seismometers that registers tiny tremors far below. This allows them to better map active faults buried under as much as 12 miles of sand and mud laid down by the mighty rivers that drain the Himalayas. They are also drilling some 250 wells near riverbeds to take sediment samples. These, they hope, will reveal the scope and timing of past earthquakes and river-course shifts that may have wiped out large swaths of countryside–though at times when population and infrastructure were far less dense. The goal is to give Bangladeshi scientists and leaders the tools they need to understand, and minimize, the risks.

Seismologist Leonardo Seeber inspects sediments along a riverbank in northern Bangladesh

“Like the great delta on which Bangladesh is confined, we find ourselves at a strategic confluence between earth science, natural hazard engineering and international relations,” says Leonardo Seeber, a Lamont seismologist working on the project. This month, Lamont seismologist Michael Steckler, the project’s lead investigator, was in Washington to help launch a new program run jointly by NSF and the U.S. Agency for International Development designed to advance such collaborations with developing countries. “This partnership will help particularly with the application of science, technology and innovation to accelerate global development, with huge benefits for industrialized and developing countries alike,” said John P. Holdern, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, speaking at the event.

Watch the documentary

Read a Science magazine article on the threat

Visit the project website

bujhee kom
July 22, 2011, 03:53 PM
^^Brothers and sisters please read this^^ and watch the video....these are no BS people...these are the best and formost authorities on earthquakes and siesmic movements and thus caused disasters...also these studies are done with our Dhaka University...These are very very legit concerns.

July 22, 2011, 03:59 PM
I watched the video, and the more I learn about Bangladesh's exposure to natural disasters, the more I wonder why no one does anything. Millions of lives would be saved if proper protection was in place. Pathetic government wants to catch up to the rest of the world, and when nature strikes, boom, you have to start again.

July 22, 2011, 04:04 PM
Earthquakes happen everywhere, but because of the High Population density and lack of preparation will lead to massive destruction.

For example, the earthquake in Chile was bigger than the one in Haiti but the cost in fatalities and money and health was miniscule when compared to Haiti.

A large earthquake in Bangladesh, would make the disasters in Japan and Haiti combined look small.

bujhee kom
July 22, 2011, 04:12 PM
Thank you dear Banglaguy and dear cricman for reading and exchanging ideas and thoughts and feelings, I much appreciate it.....I agree with both of you....cricman, that's absolutely correct, and that's what i fear, I fear that I even won't be able to find the bodies of my amma, abba, brothers and sisters, Auntu, Majic-Boy, Habib, Ahmed Bashir bhai, Ahnaf, Mac, Isnaad, Wolfie, Lamisa, Nakedzero, Night-Wolf, Sohel da, Rabz and many many more from under the concrete slabs and rubbles....I fear I won't be able to even burry them properly, give them a proper Islamic burrial if this was to happen, we will take years tofind the victims under the thousand and thousands of tons of concrete! And people's dead bodies will rot and decompose under the rubble.

July 22, 2011, 04:16 PM
That's comes to mind everyday and fear the most for my motherland when I think about it...I just can't figure it out what our nation will do if something happens like this(Allah na koruk)...I mean there is no proper plan, no money, nothing really to tackle this kind of disaster..
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bujhee kom
July 22, 2011, 04:19 PM
Exactly my thoughts Nad, we do not have any Exit plan, Recovery plan, What am I talking about, we have nothing, no plan! At least in flood we drown and die but in most cases we float and survive, this time if this happens or when happens we are under thousands of tons of concrete! I fear there will be massive fire and also probably massive Looting and anarchy post quake.

Did you see the video? Did you see the computer graphics model of how the Myanmar/Burmese platonic slabs are pressing on and trying to crush the softer (I think) silt based land mass of Bangladesh....I had no idea before man...

July 22, 2011, 04:30 PM
One way we can stop earthquakes is by reinforcing the ground and buildings with metal. It may be expensive, but it sure works.

July 22, 2011, 05:12 PM
thanks Bujhee kom,,,

Oh God, save our country.

July 22, 2011, 06:52 PM
If earthquakes happens to our country, surely it will be really destructive without any doubt.The harsh reality is that our beloved politicians has no concerns about it
It's really time for politicians to start thinking about country first :flag:,before thinking about how to make more wealth.

I pray to god that it doesnt happen to our country.

July 22, 2011, 08:30 PM
We have been lucky so far. We have escaped tsunami and some major cyclones.. I pray for our country's safety...

July 23, 2011, 05:32 AM
এইতো আছি বেশ !!
...এই সব এর ভিতর বেচে থাকার নামই তো ঢাকায় বসবাস ...

July 23, 2011, 06:02 AM
28mb. God knows how long it will take to be downloaded on my phone. As someone said we are not prepared, I think we still have time to get ourselves ready for this sort of disaster.
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July 24, 2011, 03:12 PM
I can't imagine,it is too scary & so true.

July 27, 2011, 12:30 AM
Thanks for this. I'm sharing this in FB and among my friends.

I feel so helpless when I think about the danger of a strong earthquack in BD. Millions of people are in a sinking ship and our social system is creating incompetent leaders for a long time who don't want to save these people nor do they care.

I feel so angry when I look at our 'respectable leaders'! And these are not only political leaders, but leaders from all sectors in our society (specially teachers, intellectuals and bureaucratic leaders) .

Allah only helps those who help themselves.

Surah Nisa [4:75] "And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, "Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?"

July 27, 2011, 01:10 AM
Ekhono biye e to korlam na! :-(
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July 27, 2011, 01:30 AM
Ekhono biye e to korlam na! :-(
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Well, if you want to follow the IUT tradition, get married when you're in 4th year (final year of your Bachelor degree).

A lot of my batchmates (including me) did the same. :blush:

July 27, 2011, 02:01 AM
Well, if you want to follow the IUT tradition, get married when you're in 4th year (final year of your Bachelor degree).

A lot of my batchmates (including me) did the same. :blush:

desher jonoshongkha ar kombe kottheke :-p

July 27, 2011, 02:11 AM
desher jonoshongkha ar kombe kottheke :-p

Lol. Interestingly, most of these IUTians are now increasing Australian/Canadian population!

July 27, 2011, 02:28 AM
Well, if you want to follow the IUT tradition, get married when you're in 4th year (final year of your Bachelor degree).

A lot of my batchmates (including me) did the same. :blush:

Hahaha...now the tradition is to marry two year after graduation. Lots of bhaiyas of 05 batches are getting married recently. Don't think I will marry that soon! but the fear of the quake is getting on my nerves!!!
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