Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Planet Earth: We just live here :(

Tectonic plates shift, creating a massive earthquake, which, in turn, creates a tsunami. Lives, homes, entire towns are lost in Japan. And the Achilles heel of nuclear power--that it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to protect nuclear plants against natural disasters--is exposed. All this, while the Japanese Search and Rescue team is still in New Zealand, helping earthquake victims there.

Tornados tear apart the United States, striking even such unexpected places as New York City, where there was extensive damage to property and trees, and one life lost. A large swath of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is blown away, and 125 people are known dead--thus far--in the town of Joplin, Missouri, alone. More tornados have already struck, and more are probably expected.

Heavy rainfall in the U.S. Midwest causes the Mighty Mississippi to overflow its banks, washing away or damaging, homes, business, and farms while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sacrifices smaller towns to save big ones, such as Baton Rouge and the barely-recovered-from-Hurricane-Katrina New Orleans.

And now, the volcanos of Iceland are making their presence known again.

The earth will do what it does. We're just along for the ride.


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