In late 2008 things looked grim enough when the world experienced a universal melt down of the credit crunch, with numerous large banking corporations crashing. The resonating fall of the majors echoed right around the earth, with tremours that continued for years. Entire economies struggled to recover. Nature then appeared to have its say in the world of chaos.
The vast majority of people living in Christchurch, the picturesque garden and second largest city in New Zealand, had never experienced even the smallest tremour in their lives, until the Darfield 7.1 magnitude quake of 4th September 2010, in a previously unknown fault. The quake caused widespread damage but virtually no loss of life.
Numerous seismologists now say the 7.1 earthquake was comprised of three or four separate quakes. A 6.5 in the Charing Cross Fault, 7.0 in the Greendale Fault, 6.2 near Hororata and a 6.5 on a fourth fault line that is hypothetically believed to run between West Melton and Burnham.
The aftershocks rolled into 2011 and included the 6.3 earthquake on February 22, when a new fault line was discovered, leaving 166 people confirmed killed, with over 200 still missing. The earthquake created enormous damage to the CBD of Christchurch, including severely damaging the iconic Christchurch Cathedral.
Three-quarters of Queensland was announced a disaster zone after a series of floods, including a flash flood in January, that killed at least 35 people, hit Queensland, Australia, beginning in December 2010. This was quickly followed by Victorian floods in the southern part of Australia.
The area was struggling to recover when Cyclone Yasi crossed the Queensland coast, causing widespread havoc, on February 3rd. Miraculously there were no deaths or serious injury reported, though entire communities along the coastal were ravaged.
A widespread Arab Wave Revolt swamped entire Arab countries, on the other side of the world, from Lebanon in North Africa, to Syria in the north-west, to Oman in the east, with major battles occurring in Libya, involving the United Nations.
Other European countries including Ireland and Portugal are either bankrupt or on the verge of bankruptcy.
Britain saw a quarter of a million people rally on the streets, protesting against the austerity measures of the government, with some rebels among the crowd trashing shops in the Piccadilly area.
Next came the fifth biggest earthquake since 1900, of 9 magnitude, in Japan on the 11th March, 2011. The kind of great earthquake that hits once every 100 years.
A shocked world had watched the 10m wall of water decimate an 800 km stretch of Japan’s coastline. Approximately 25,000 is the death toll of the tsunami. Yet the tsunami was not finished, for it raced across the ocean at the speed of a fast jetliner, smashing into Hawaii and the United States West Coast, but without any major damage reported.
More was still to come, as specialized teams struggled to contain the damaged 4 reactors at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Japans nuclear experts finally confirmed that the Fukushima reactor disaster was worse than anything they ever imagined could have happened, as Fukushima was declared a number 7 disaster, equal to Chernobyl.
The fear of the survivors of the two World War II atom bombs is that a new generation is experiencing similar to what they faced.
Not one person in the reach of modern communication remains unaffected by these events. People are demanding what’s next?
Numerous people postponed their travel arrangements in the contaminated regions. In Australasia people turned to the islands of the South Pacific, such as Vanuatu for a brief respite from the world of woes. Life goes on, regardless of what happens around us.
Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys and her husband are CEO’s and founders of YouMe Support Foundation, providing high school education grants for children who are without hope. You can help in this really great project by taking a few minutes to check out the Sponsor a Student program at (http://youmesupport.org). It will change the life of some really needy kids in the South Pacific.
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