Another Deadly Quake for China

Posted: April 14, 2010 by Brian in death, disasters, earthquake, Emergency, Homeless
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More and more, earthquakes seem to be occurring more frequently than ever before.  The most recent being in Western Moutains of China, at around 7:49 a.m.  The 6.9-magnitude quake shook up the area which inhabited mostly Buddhist farmers and coal miners, killing 400 so far and trapped countless more under collapsed buildings.  Several 5.0-magnitude aftershocks rocked that area afterwards, while most of us here in the States were fast asleep.  As if the quake itself weren’t enough, the shaking sent down sheets of snow via avalanches into the quite farming community.  China’s prior fatal quake in May of 2008, killed 68,000 people.

Aftermath of Chile's 8.2 Quake

It is not difficult to spot a threatening trend of earthquakes in the last few months.  The first of them being the devastating Haiti quake on January 12, 2010, affecting 3,000,000 people; 230,000 of those, dead.  Next, the 8.1-magnitude quake of Chile on February 27, 2010, as big as it was, has only claimed 486 lives to date.  It wasn’t as deadly as the Haiti quake, but it did shift the Earth’s axis, shortening the time in a day, and triggered a small tsunami which affected as far as San Diego, CA and causing about $67 million dollars worth of damage to fisheries in Japan.  Most recently, on April 4th, while I enjoyed a birthday trip out to the beach, Mexico was struck by a 7.2-magnitude quake, rocking the coasts of Baja California, Mexico killing only two that night, but felt by millions, including us here in Los Angeles, California, most of Arizona, and as far north as Las Vegas, Nevada.

We can’t really avoid Earthquakes as they come, and they are coming.  Earlier this year, I posted an “Go-Kit” Checklist for such emergencies and disasters as this.  If you haven’t made one yet, hopefully the string of quakes that followed since that post will encourage you to do so.  The least we can all do is be prepared for the unexpected  expected…

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Comments
  1. Hookedfishy says:

    It’s the end of the world as we know it… ♪♪♫♫ Question is, do we feel fine about that?

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