Man-Made Disasters

Global Voices Online writes about man-made disasters, and I couldn’t help myself. I had to leave a comment.

While reading the post at Global Voices Online, I was reminded of the floods in China and the recent earthquake there.

Xinhua reports that China mourns mudslide victims as relief operation continues.  The piece said, “At least 1,248 people have died and 496 are listed as missing.

I read in the Guardian (April 14, 2010), that a 7.1 quake hit Yushu county in north-west province of Qinghai killing at last 400 and injuring 10,000.

When my sister and her children joined me on Mt. Rainier more than a decade ago, I learned that more than two million people lived below this active volcano, which is overdue for an eruption.

Mt. Rainer overlooks the city of Seattle in the United States.

According to experts, if Mt. Rainier blows, the wall of mud and trees that would rush toward the ocean would be 700 feet high and reach the ocean in less than half-an-hour. 

Meanwhile, homes are still being built along that path of future destruction, and there is no way to to protect those homes and people who live there.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the flooding was caused by man.  People built houses on land that has been sinking for decades. The government built walls to keep the water out but the walls weren’t strong enough.  More than 1,800 people died from that hurricane. In New Orleans, 80% of the city was flooded, and over 700 bodies were recovered there.

Why do people build in harm’s way?

See The WHO’s War on Tobacco, about another man-made disaster.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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4 Responses to Man-Made Disasters

  1. Good blog. Can I know very well what theme did you employ?

    • The theme I employ is “Contempt” by Michael Heilemann

      • “Contempt” is WordPress’s 8th most popular theme
      •209,593 blogs use the Contempt theme

      However, I used photos that I took in China to create the masthead.

  2. Much like the way San Francisco is built around the edges of the bay and when it all fell down in the 1989 earthquake, we just built it right back up to the way it used to be.

    • When San Francisco rebuilt, didn’t they add a few metal straps to help hold things together? As if that will help in an earthquake the size of an 8 or larger on the Richter Scale–a long shaker that will take that area of San Francisco build on landfill (where the worst damage was last time) and turn the land into jello. All the straps in the world are not going to help keep buildings from sinking and falling over.

      It’s like “begging” for a tragedy. In fact, most of the beautiful places in the world are also fraught with danger from Mother Nature. Look at me talking. We live in an earthquake zone predicted to pop off with a big in the next decade.

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