Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earthquake in Eridu

Today in the year 230 after the crossing (A.C.) a devastating earthquake struck the city of Eridu, where the Great Library is located. (See posting of April 5.) It is estimated to be more than 8 on the Richter scale. Much of the city is in ruins and many of the approximately 75,000 people in the city are dead, injured, or homeless, and that doesn't count the population living in the crowded suburbs.

The Great Library is severely damaged, as you can see from this sketch. The front wall, known as the "Wall of Nine Gates," collapsed along with the portico and part of the roof. Even so, parts of the Library are still illuminated with electric lights, from solar battery power. There are people trapped under the collapsed wall and portico.

An Aurian force has entered the city for humanitarian aid purposes. You can see some Aurian carriers to the right of this picture, with the Aurian red triangle symbol on them. The plaza in front of the Library is becoming an area for field hospitals, shelter, and feeding areas for the homeless. Aurian engineers and relief workers are setting up temporary structures there. Meanwhile, Aurian soldiers are keeping looting to a minimum.

You can read more about this awful disaster on my Noantri Blog, where you will be able to see dispatches from the Eridanian area.


Tristan Alexander said...

OH NO!! Are you destroying your world oh valcano Goddess?

Pyracantha said...

Tristan: I only witnessed the destruction of one city. The rest of NoantriWorld is OK. In Surakosai the spring blossoms fill the air.
As for my volcanic activity, I'm busy blocking aviation in Northern Europe. Let them use Viking ships and horse carts like they used to.

Anonymous said...

I sense a graphic novel in your future...