Here are a few facts I’ve found about the Japan and Haiti earthquake tragedies. This is more-so a simple reflection of facts to bring things into perspective a bit for us than it is a “comparison”. Please add any CREDIBLE facts that you may have on both tragedies in the comments as I do not believe one country’s pain is deeper than the other. I have no words to reflect the level of sympathy we all have for the people in these places and how deeply I desire to find a magic wand big enough to heal all the pain & aftermath of Japan & Haiti. But one thing I can say is NEVER take today for granted. Let this be a lesson to all of us here in America complaining about simplicities like high gas prices.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC)
Earthquake – 7.0 magnitude, 13km depth (8.1 miles) followed by localized Tsunami & Cholera outbreak
Casualties: 92,000 – 316,000 deaths, 300,000 injured, 1,000,000 homeless
Aftershocks: 52+ at magnitude of 4.5 or greater
Epicenter: 56 kilometres (35 miles)
Now categorized as the 3rd deadliest earthquake in world history
Friday, March 11, 2011 – 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC)
Earthquake – 9.0 magnitude, 32km (20 miles) followed by Tsunami & landslides
Casualties: (preliminary) 4,277 deaths, 2,282 injured, 8,194 missing
Aftershocks: 500+ at magnitude of 4.5 or greater
Epicenter: 130 kilometers (81 mi)
Now categorized as the 4th largest earthquake in world history
Do whatever it is you can to help. Many aid efforts have been delayed for various reasons so until I research deeper, its hard to recommend an agency that is proven trustworthy & is also expediting the relief funding directly to the people in need as opposed to having their own agendas. As soon as I unveil a credible resource which has surpassed all tests, I will list it here. Until then, I refuse to do so.
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