Kelsi Scrivner Miraya 4b Alaska Earthquake Aftershocks Since Friday’s earthquake
Alaska Earthquake Aftershocks
Since Friday’s earthquake, there have been more than 1,000 aftershocks. These aftershocks have a magnitude of 1.5 or greater. There was no power, ripped open roads, and splintered buildings. Majority of the aftershocks have been at a magnitude of 2.5 or weaker. The earthquake of Friday was a magnitude of seven which was the second largest quake since 1964. This was felt from about 400 miles away.
This affects the world because it had stopped flights in and out of Anchorage. Traveling was difficult, and roads were ruined. The earthquake was described as “absolutely terrifying.” This has shaken people all around the world.
My first expert is Randy Baldwin. Baldwin is a geophysicist and surveyed the magnitude of the quake and aftershocks. He explains all of the damage they have caused. He also says that the magnitude of about 1,000 aftershocks range from 1.5 or greater. A majority ranged from 2.5 or weaker, but according the USGS data, more than 350 were higher.
My second expert is Kristin Dossett. She explains how terrifying the aftershocks were. It was the biggest quake she had ever felt with living there for 37 years. “It just didn’t stop. It kept going and got louder and louder, and things just fell everywhere.” Dossett explained that her piano moved a foot and a half from the wall after one aftershock. These two experts are similar because they explain the damage aftershocks have caused. They are different because one experienced them and one analyzed the magnitude.
A possible outcome is the amount of money the quake is costing. There has been many damaged roads and buildings that are going to need to be fixed. It is going to be spendy but important.
China Employees Fined For Not Walking Enough Steps
At a real estate firm in China, employees will be fined 0.01 yuan (about 0.1 cent) for every step they fail to take in their 180,000 step goal in a month. When outside of work, they need to make at least 6,000 steps. The company is now under fire for fining their employees.
This affects the world because it makes employees wonder if they don’t do what they are told, there will be many consequences. Getting money taken off of your paycheck for not walking enough is one in hundreds of things boss’s make employees do. People need jobs to help their families, but getting money taken away from them for not doing one silly task is tough on not only them but their families.
My first expert is an employee from the real estate firm. She explains that she understands that the company wants them to do more exercise, but the amount of time outside of work trying to make up for her steps is causing her to lose sleep. Having to go on walks late at night because she had to do overtime is messing with her sleep schedule. She says that it is very difficult to do the 6,000 steps outside of work hours.
My second expert is Liu Fengmao. He is a representative from a local law firm. Mr. Fengmao explains “that the company has no legal grounds for tracking staff members’ steps as a measure of performance.” He says that the staff could say that taking all of these steps consists of overtime. These two experts are similar because they both explain why the company is making them take so many steps. They are different because one is an employee and actually has to take the steps, and the other researches and understands from a law point.
A few possible solutions are to take away this rule for the staff members, keep the rule but not punish them by taking money, or they could lower the rate of steps. Making them walk so many steps in a month is already hard enough, but taking money out of their checks makes it even harder on them and their families.