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Most Unpredictable Calamity

The hearts tremble with fear when the words like mayhem, tragedy, destruction and devastation are heard by; all are the feelings which are experienced when the word earthquake is heard. The earthquakes that occur without warning that causes billions and billions of financial destruction and numerous deaths with permanent and partial injuries leading to disabilities, famine, diseases and intangible destruction. Earthquakes are therefore one of the most unpredictable occurrences which Mother Nature offers to humanity. You may have asked yourself how do earthquakes occur? Well read on and find out...

Earthquake -The Mystery Within

So why does an earthquake occur? Here is the explanation

Earth is covered by a crust of solid rock, which is broken into numerous plates that move around the surface dwelling, overrunning and pulling away from each other. The boundary between the rock within the plates and the edges of the plates is known as a fault. Faults can therefore be termed as large scale breaks in earth's crust in which rocks on one side of the fault has been moved relative to the rock on the other side of the fault by tectonic forces, which thus make the earthquake center.

The Earthquake Phenomenon

A sudden slip in the earth's crust, due to the tectonic forces shakes the earth, causing massive destruction to the people and the buildings. These areas in the earth's crust are known as faults. Hence when the earth faults, the ground bends to a certain limit till the point of breaking. Finally the resultant vibrations are further transmitted to the earth's surface causing the eventual destruction.

The vibrations generated during the said coarse of actions can be categorized as the P-waves and the S-waves. P-waves can be referred to as the primary waves which are followed by the transverse waves or S waves. The earth quakes can last for short or longer periods of time and are sometimes followed by tiny earth quakes that last for a few second after the larger earthquake. These tiny earthquakes are known as aftershocks.

Richter Magnitude scale

Richter magnitude scales were devised in 1935 in California institute of technology to determine the magnitudes of the earthquakes. The magnitude of the earthquake is thus determined from the logarithm of amplitude of waves recorded through seismographs. The scale ranges from number zero to ten. Mediocre earthquake range from 0 to 4.6 on Richter magnitude scales while any number over 6 would be considered a highly disastrous earthquake. It is however very interesting to know that earthquake of rating less than two are considered small scale  earth quakes. These earth quakes are even not felt by the people and no damage is done.

These minor earthquakes are likely to occur thousand times a day but the one with a seismic reading higher than 8 is likely to occur once on average in the world each year. It is very pertinent to mention here that if an earthquake gets a reading between 6 and 7, it is the same if 100,000 ton dynamite is blown up.

This is how earthquakes occur. 

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Where do I sell my old stuff ? Don't throw your old belongings. If you are no longer wanting them, maybe because you want to buy a different one, the existing one has become a bit older or for any other reason, it's far better than throwing is to either sell them or recycle them.

Selling your old stuff means you are helping poor, also by doing this you are ensuring less wastage in your area, and you know wastage is burnt out to become smoke (carbon dioxide), which is toxic for health. Wastage also requires storage space, and it brings flock of birds to the locality, which can become cause problem for planes.

In this article I am listing best places where you can sell your old stuff and earn some money too.

Pawn Shops

These are shops that buy bulk items from you. They don't pay amount that you might expect but they are good because you can sell all your items to them in one go, without any hassle or spending much time in selling each item individually.

If you have an item which you think will sell for $10, the pawn shop will give you $3 to $4, which is still not too bad, better than nothing!

Garage Sale

If you have a garage in your house, why not utilize it and make money? If your house is at approachable location, you can sell things just like having

your own shop.   you can give ads in newspapers or even put a sign outside your house for people to see.

The best advantage of garage sale is that you get 100% money as no sharing is involved. The cons of garage sale could be managing spaces for cars of people coming to see your items for sale. But that isn't a big problem as people would come for 5-10 minutes only and go.

In your garage shop you can sell anything you like. You can even try selling snacks, popcorn, or any other home made food items to generate extra money.

Flea Market

Flea market is a place where you get a place on rent to sell your stuff. There are also car boot sales, whichever you choose, both are very beneficial for selling the stuff you no longer use and to earn handsome amount of money. Trading in a flee market or car boot sales is also fun and good pass-

If you have any old stuff like unused shoes, electronics, old radios, decoration items,  CD collection, clothes etc you can easily find many customers interested in buying these. You may  have to sell each item individually or you may also find someone who would be interested in buying the whole stuff from you altogether.time.

Consignment Shops

These are shops that sell old or even new stuff on your behalf and you give them some commission on every sale. How much commission the consignment shop owner takes can be negotiated and it can be between 10% to 50%. You can sell many types of items through them like bicycle, furniture, CDs, electronics, computer etc


In effort to selling your stuff, you can also approach your friends, colleagues as they might be interested in buying stuff from you too. You can email or telephone your friends or meet personally and talk about the stuff you have for sale.

Local Newspapers

You can place an ad in local newspaper classified ads. Thousands of people read newspapers and  people read classified ads with quite interest. There is a little fee for placing the ad but imagine how many people would be reading your ad.

Online free Ads Websites

There are many websites where you can advertise your stuff for free. You can sell any type of items. Example of popular such websites include and On both these websites you can sell items from many different countries of the world.


You will never find anyone who would never has sold anything at Everyone knows as a one of the best online markets, which is reliable, has all the stuff you might need, is secure and sellers on it ships items almost to every part of the world.

You can register yourself at for free. After that it's a simple 1-2-3 step to add your item for sale on the website, and it also costs very less to list your item on the website. Thousands of visitors will view your item, and it could sell in a very short time. You could sell anything you like at

Charity or Recycling

If for some reason you couldn't sell your items or you don't want to earn money out of the stuff and just want to get rid of it, it is far better to give it to a charity or recycling agency than to throw it in a trash bin.

You will find many charity and recycling agencies working in your city, you can find them on internet or local newspapers, it's not hard to find them at all. Some charity and recycling agency may even come to your house to collect the stuff from you.

This is how to sell your old stuff, hope you found this article useful. One final advise is that it's far better to give to poor or recycling company than to throwing it in a trash. Always consider environment and the needy, these are part of us, we need to take care of them.

A working mother is an asset for her children not only in terms of financial support but also as a symbol of strength and confidence. Researchers conclude that children who have working mothers are smarter, confident and understanding than the ones who don't have working mothers.

Usually children idealize their mothers for their multitasking capabilities at home and office. Being a working mother myself, I have experienced how influenced my child is towards me and how he idealizes me for what I do and tries to help me in my endeavors. He is only 2.5 years of age but he helps me pack my laptop bag, does not let the a stranger touch my laptop or purse and says it's mom's and no one should touch it.

Useful Tips for Working Mother

If you are a working mother and want your home life to be perfect then you need to invest a lot of your spare time and energy in bringing a synergy between your work place and home and making your family learn the concept of teamwork. Teamwork is when all members of a group, family and department work together for achieving a certain set of goals. In order to make your teamwork effective you need to follow a few basic guidelines:

1) Make sure your spouse is ready to accept you as a working woman and support you.

2) Analyze how important your work is for the family's well being.

3) Try to tell your children the different ways your work will benefit them.

4) If your children are at school going age then get them admitted to a school.

5) Try to make your children independent in activities like cleaning their rooms, bathing and washing their hands, doing their home work, sitting on the table and eating their meals etc.

6) Try to indulge your spouse in helping you with the household like buying groceries, helping with cleaning the house and cooking , spending time with children like picking them after school or taking them out in your absence and so on.

7) don't make cooking an everyday task rather cook two or three dishes over the weekend and use it throughout the week.

8) If you are good with finances hire a maid for the household work. Make sure you know the person well before hiring.

9) Maids should always be kept through good references and not through a random search.

10) Make your daily routines set and discipline your life accordingly.

11) No matter how busy you are you should always have some spare time to sit and relax with your family.

12) If everything gets managed well do not become eased and careless towards home.

Always remember that you are the asset for the family and teamwork is only being done to ease your workload so you should take out some time for the family to just be there for them. No matter how tired you are as a working mother, make sure the entire family sits together at a meal or a TV show or anything that all of you enjoy doing together. Happy Parenting!

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Retirement age is the inevitable end to the professional life of an individual which comes at a certain age established by the employer or government, unforeseen disabilities, illnesses or even voluntarily where the individual feels he has had enough and should take a break. The global Retirement age ranges between 50-70 years. Smart people make their retirement plans while they are on job and not when they reach retirement. This smart planning help them save their finances or invest them into things that make their retired life worthwhile. Retirement age planning can be done in several different ways according to the needs of the individual. However, some interesting and important considerations include the following:

  • Firstly, a person must be well informed about the retirement benefits, pension funds, and other old age benefits that the employer provides in order to devise investment plans accordingly.

  • Secondly, one needs to invest in things that are able to give profits when you need them. If the retirement age is close then the investments should be made into short time achievable goals and not just equality but if the retirement age is far then investments should be made into things that will start paying back in later years like insurances, national saving certificates, properties and so on.

  • Thirdly, a rough estimation of expenses should be made keeping in mind the rising inflation rates and predicting what it will be in the next ten years or so.

Once ready with the financial planning, one needs to plan the daily activities that will not only keep him busy but will also provide entertainment and fun. When retired a person can look back to his yesteryears to figure out his great passions, lost interests and activities and resume them like gardening, playing a sport, voluntary services, teaching, reading books, writing or anything else that is off true interest and entertains also. If someone likes painting or constructing then he should start a small business with it. Providing tuition, home based cooking classes or any other part time activity can be picked up to stay busy and active. Reading, Writing, Joining activity clubs, social services etc are some of the most popular retirement activities.

Retirement Age is the transit tunnel of life both financially and personally. People who have spend wisely and planned this transition ahead usually feel less depressed and have certain plans to put to action in the retired life, but people who have lived an adventurous carefree work life find it much more difficult to adjust to the quietness of retired life, but life goes on so its better to indulge into constructive habits at every stage rather than sit back and think of ourselves being useless.

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