Wednesday, October 12, 2005


It seems a little crass to be blogging about anything other than the tragedy unfolding in Pakistan/India. The numbers are staggering. We lost 26,0000 people in Iran in 2003. 20,000 people in India in 2001. 17,000 people in Turkey in 1999. Again, 40,000 people in Iran in 1990. 25,000 people in Armenia in 1998. 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985. 250,000 people in China in 1976. This is just the last 30 years and these are only the huge earthquakes. Countless thousands of people have died in other places. I didn't remember, or know about, even half of these tragedies. Go here for more We don't know what the death toll will be in this latest earthquake. I don't know what else to say.

At 10/19/2005 04:17:00 AM, Blogger Final Historian said...

The sad thing is that most deaths from natural disasters don't come from the immediate disaster, but its short term and long term effects. For example, contamination of the water supply or lack thereof, famine, pestilence, etc. The destruction to the logistical infrastructure to move goods and people around is usually the reason why so many die, and so little can effectively be done.


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