“Verum, Verum,” Orak came running with his laptop, “Look at these before and after pictures of the earthquake in Morocco, a country in North Africa. This is unfortunate.”

Verum said, “I saw that, Orak. My crystal ball told me the news about the earthquake.”

Overhearing the conversation, Scorch asked, “What happened in Morocco, Verum?”

Verum explained, “On September 8, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Morocco at midnight. The quake was very strong and its effect was spread to other adjoining cities too.

Over 3,000 people lost their lives, thousands were injured, and 300,000 were stranded.”

Orak interrupted, “Earthquake’s magnitude is measured on the number of seismic waves (waves occurred during an earthquake) when the Earth’s crust moves. Seismic waves are measured using a seismometer. The intensity is measured from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest.”

Verum continued, “Affected humans had to sleep in the open without food, shelter, or water. Many volunteers and self-help groups are helping these stranded people with basic necessities.

A civil engineering professor said old Moroccan buildings were not built strong enough to withstand such impacts.”

“That’s sad,” said Felix, “Verum, there was another disaster that happened in Libya, right?”

“Yes, Felix,” replied Verum, “A terrible flood in Libya took the lives of over 11,000 and heavily damaged property. There was an unusual storm called Daniel in the Mediterranean. It rained so hard that the intensity broke two dams situated near the city. The entire city was immersed in water. Derna, a city in Libya, suffered the most.

The number of deaths kept increasing after many wrecked buildings were searched. The debris and concrete chunks were 13 feet high. Over 10,000 people are still missing, and rescuers are searching for them.

Though a flood warning was issued 72 hours before the flood, no one imagined the dams would break. On the brighter side, age-old enemies across different communities in Libya came together to help their countrymen and women.”

Scorch said, “It’s good to see people coming together to help the helpless. I hope Morocco and Libya return to their normal livelihood soon.”