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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Haiti, Japan, Chile... Will the quakes ever subside?

They're all coming too fast, too close after the previous one. And bigger, more devastating. Plus tsunamis? This is all too much.. How is our already fragile earth going to be able to stand all this? My thoughts go out to Haiti, Japan and Chile, but I also cant help thinking "where next?". For one, the tsunamis that are expected are not only going to hit these countries, but the surrounding ones as well. How are we going to be able to help all these people, all at once?

Once unheard of, even peacful Sabah has had minor quakes, also not far apart from each other. 2.6 in Ranau, then 3.0 in Keningau approx. 2 weeks later.. What does this mean? Just last year, Oliver and I were talking about how we dont believe 2012 will be the end, but in such a short time frame, so many things are happening, and it just keeps getting worse.

The one good thing is that we are able to evacuate people in anticipation of the tsunamis, saving hundreds and thousands of lives; a sliver of hope through the darkness. But what else can we do? There are so many homeless, injured, dead. I read that the Haiti quake (7.0 on the Richter scale) damaged 50% of the country; half the country rendered useless and helpless. The Chile quake, which hit 8.8 on the Richter scale, is the fifth strongest quake of the century, how much damage has been done there? Japan has seen 2 quakes in the past month..

We, as mere spectators, can only watch in horror as all of this happens around us. But we cannot live in fear. Millions of people now need our help, and it is our duty as citizens of the world to help spread the message, donate to legitimate charities, and to do our part in trying to soothe Mother Nature. The time is now, and we must act before it is really too late..

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