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Nepal Earthquake Discussion Class
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May 20, 2015

DISCUSSION CLASS:  NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

 

 

Preface

On  12 May 2015 at 12.50 pm local time, a major earthquake occured in Nepal causing a horrendous destruction across the country. Triggered by this event, GTSC of AAPG had decided to take their part by hosting a class to discuss the facts behind the disaster distinctively.

Pre-Event Planning

Based on quick recommendations by the President of GTSC of AAPG himself, the selected names and their respective roles  for this event are as follows:

1. Head Manager (PO) : Rosano Providentia

2. Secretary : Windo Berlianti

3. Treasurer : Zefanya Andrew Immanuel Siregar

4. Reporter : Wildan Nur Ichsan

5. Documentation : Putri Pertiwi

6. Logistics : Rezky Raynaldo 

   Sebastiano Sasmita

7. Editorial & Publications : Harzard Fahdio

 S. P. Luviana

8. Public Relations : Fahmi Chairu Umam

9. Events and Operationals : Zulfa Shabir

 M. Fikrul Rozi

 

A meeting was conducted  on 13th of may, 2015 by the event commitees and the President himself. There were few matters to be discussed. The first matter being the date and venue for the event. After a lengthy discussion, the majority voted for the event to be held on 19th of May, 2015 at 1.00 PM – Finish in Multipurpose Room on 8th Level of Building D, Campus A Trisakti University. The second issue is determining the appropriate lecturer who is qualified for such a topic. At the end it was Dr Ir Yusuf S Djajadihardja who was regarded as the most accomplished candidate among the others who was chosen to be the lecturer on 19th of May, 2015.

 

 19th of May, 2015

The event started at 1.26 pm, which was almost 30 mins late due to a minor glitch. Nevertheless, as many as 116 participants flooded the small moderate room. This proved that the enthusiasm was very high among the public. The MC, (Fitra Perdana) kickstarted the lecture by leading a ceremonial prayer. Later, it was followed by an opening speech by the President of GTSC of AAPG, M Anugerah Lukytha and another one by the Head Manager (PO), Rosano Providentia. 

By 1.30 pm, the distinguished speaker Dr. Ir. Yusuf S Djajadihardja had began the lecture by presenting the scientific facts behind the recent earthquakes in Nepal. The audience were amazed and stunned to learn the truth behind the disaster. The speaker explained thoroughly the chain of events that lead to the horrifying calamity. One interesting fact is that Paul Tapponier a renown researcher had previously predicted the earthquakes by studying the historical pattern through carbon dating. He (Tapponier) even predicted a much bigger earthquakes in the future.  

In the middle of the lecture, Mr Yusuf Djajadihardja recounted his own personal experience of being in the middle of an earthquake during his visit to Japan recently. He showed the video of the incident which ran for approximately 2 mins.  The audience watched and laughed as the speaker made a small joke at how even the experts are still frightened by a slightest bit of tremor. 

Next, he revealed the effects of the earthquake on tectonic activities in Indonesia. He explained that the earthquakes had caused a small strain alongside the Sumatra Fault. However, the strain being at a minor scale does not have any ability to cause any major slip.

Afterwards, Mr Yusuf informed the audience of the latest technique to help predicting any earthquake in the future. The technique utilises Global Navigation Satellite System to narrow out the epicenter of an earthquake. This technique was introduced by a Japanese Professor, Shunji Murai. Later on, Mr Yusuf told the audience how this technique could have saved millions of lives if only it was applied earlier.

By 2.22 pm, the speaker ended the lecture and gave the audience a chance for questions. Without further ado, two participants (Ananda A.F and Dionysius) raised their hand and asked away. The questions were:

1. How to predict a plate movement when there’s no activity at all?

To which the answer was: There are many ways to predict the movement of the plate. However, the most common technique is by studying the history pattern of the plate activity itself.

2. How does the earthquake in Nepal have any effect on the Sumatran Fault?

The answer: The subduction that caused the earthquake might have caused a minor strain. However the strain itself does not have any capability of causing any major slip

 

At 2.30 pm sharp, the discussion was finished. The MC informed the audience of the donation being collected by the commitees for the victims in Nepal. Many of the participants took part in the charity act. 

Subsequently, The Head Manager presented a Certificate of Appreciaton to the speaker in honour of his presence at the event. The event ends with a closing prayer and a photo session with all of the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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