Lest anyone assume that earthquakes only devastate poor Third World societies, consider what has happened in New Zealand:
New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.
John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: “We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”
The tremor caused widespread damage as it occurred at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) during lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.
The mayor of New Zealand’s second-biggest city says 120 people have been rescued from the ruins.
The country’s deadliest natural disaster in 80 years struck at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday), 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city. . . .
TV pictures of the aftermath of Tuesday’s disaster showed scores of collapsed buildings in the South Island city of nearly 400,000 people.
Shocked survivors could be seen wandering the rubble-strewn streets, which cracked open as the ground beneath was liquefied by the tremor.
Police said that the dead included people on two buses which were crushed by falling buildings.
Pray for these folks. And all of you Californians, aren’t you worried even a little bit?