Sunday, March 7, 2010

Our Hearts Go Out to Chile

Boy if it's not one catastrophe it's another. Haiti's suffering continues and another country is plunged into disaster.

As you know, Chile suffered an 8.8 magnitude earthquake last weekend, tied for a record 5th strongest earthquake since 1900. 1.5 million people are displaced, hundreds dead, and a long road to recovery after bridges, buildings, and homes collapse. Thankfully, Chile's government, building codes, and economy are stronger than that of Haiti's, but that doesn't change the fact that Chile must now begin to come to terms with this devastation, death, and loss of normality.

Therefore, Chileans are in our hearts. There is not much more I can say, but know we care and many of us will be doing what little we can to ease your pain and suffering. Stand strong and hang on.

On a side note, the world should not let their guard down. This began with the massive tsunami caused by an earthquake in the ocean near Indonesia in 2004. When pressure in plates builds up in one area and is quickly released as an earthquake, it applies added pressure to other plates in the world. The pressure will only dissipate with more earthquakes. And it has, in Pakistan, Haiti, and Chile. My guess would be to watch the west coast of North America next, followed by future quakes in East Asia. There is not much we can do to prepare, but we shouldn't let our guard down for the next few years.

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