Gosh, disaster is all around us, and I don’t mean that I just broke a nail and have a black tie event to attend. Which reminds me, I should get a pedicure, too.
I’m getting a bit (no, more than that) irritated at the news on TV. I’m so tired of hearing about a presidential election that’s still 6 months away, and campaigning that’s been going on for close to a year. And what a carry-on it is — but do we need endless coverage?
There has just been a 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador, nearly 250 people dead, tremendous hardship for an already poor people, and I have heard little about this in the past few days on TV. If it weren’t for the presidential kerfuffle, I’m sure there would be more coverage.
In mid-April two earthquakes shattered areas of Japan killing, thankfully, less than a dozen, but injuring hundreds. Tens of thousands fled their homes as aftershocks continued through the night. Fortunately, in one area with active volcanoes, feared eruptions didn’t occur. At over 7.0 it was equivalent to the force of the 1995 Kobe disaster and the March 11, 2011 earthquake in east Japan. Because of its location, it did do far less damage, but is nonetheless a national disaster for Japan.
Earlier in April, torrential rain caused massive flooding in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 75 people. causing landslides, washing away poor rural homes, and stranding many in small outlying villages. What effect it will have on valuable farmland cannot yet be known.
In March, volcanoes in Mexico and Alaska spewed ash and gas into the air — but no eruptions. Meanwhile, Vanatu and Indonesia suffered a strong earthquakes, tornadoes tore paths through Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi, an avalanche buried 6 in the Alps, thousands were made homeless by a cyclone in Fiji, and all that was just in the last two months.
What a lot of people are being threatened by Mother Nature. In a matter of moments, life were lost or changed immeasurably, and if I hadn’t heard about — and I think it matters that we are aware of what else is going on in the world, rather than just on our portion of North America.