Monthly Archives: August 2012

The ground shudders and trembles – more and more

ll the world, in general, feels a shudder of fright when the earth trembles beneath their feet: to the extent that the world only shivers, it is not too severe. We are, however, seeing repeated exceptional seismic events. For 2004, we number at 230,000 the deaths from the earthquake in Sumatra and the resulting tsunami that destroyed all in its path. The earthquake in Chile in 2010 was one of the most violent in the last 100 years and left 521 victims and two million damaged buildings. The total economic loss for the country was estimated at $30bn. In 2011, it was the turn of Japan. Not just did the quake and tsunami cause 20,000 deaths, they also triggered the nuclear catastrophe whose effects will be felt for a long time. The most recent event, two great earthquakes off the coast of Sumatra on 11 April 2012, was felt in Singapore, Thailand and even India. Continue reading