After covering natural disasters of a different sort over the last month, Wonkie thinks its readers deserve a short break from that trauma. 2010 is off to an intense start all over the world. Besides the obvious excitement about the 2010 FIFA world cup, the world is in quite a state following a spate of Acts of God(s).
Since the start of the year hundreds of thousands died in an earthquake in Haiti. And following that there has been one disaster after the next:
– serious storms and flooding in Europe in the middle of a harsh winter;
– an earthquake in Chile which was one of the most powerful ever recorded anywhere in the world coming in at 8.8 on the Richter scale – an earthquake of such magnitude that it was felt across the South American continent in Sao Paolo some 2,900 km away;
– then a number of tsunamis in the Pacific as part of the aftermath of the Chile earthquake;
– moving to chillier climes, last month an iceberg the size of Luxembourg broke away in a daring escape from the continent of Antarctica – though the full impact of this may not be immediate, scientists fear that the rogue iceberg will adversely affect ocean currents, marine life and weather patterns the world over; and
– earlier today, the government of Fiji declared a State of Disaster after a devastating category 4 cyclone tore through the Pacific islands – more than 17,000 people have left their homes and fled to evacuation centres already
All this begs the question, what has the world done to make the Gods and Chuck Norris angry and how much more ruthless will They be in the months to come?
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