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A Little Too Familiar

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 at 2:10 am

It was not that long ago where all eyes were on Haiti. An unexpected 7.0 earthquake ravaged the island nation. After the earthquake in Haiti, I instantly remembered the 1989 California earthquake and the devastation it caused. I didn’t think that I would see an earthquake of such magnitude occur again this year, let alone within two months. This past weekend: a 7.0 earthquake near Japan triggers tsunami warnings; and an 8.8 earthquake in Chile.

Gautman Naik of the Wall Street Journal writes “Three massive earthquakes have struck in less than two months, raising the questions: Are they related, and are we living in a time of more and bigger temblors? The Chile earthquake, 8.8 on the Richter scale, was by far the largest. But a little noticed 7.0 quake struck near Japan’s Ryukyu islands just a few hours earlier, triggering its own tsunami warnings. The Jan. 12 temblor in Haiti was also 7.0, about 500 times less powerful than the Chile quake, though it appears to have killed many more people. That prompts yet another question: Why did a much larger quake cause much less destruction? Scientists say the three recent earthquakes probably aren’t related, mainly because they occurred at such great distances from one another.”

The events are unrelated but the pain is all too familiar. The pictures coming out of Chile are heartbreaking, and in addition to the destruction comes reports of looting. Desperation, heartache, and fear. And it starts with one day at a time, and that is no simple task.

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