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TK-8252
10-09-2005, 02:49 PM
20,000 estimated dead in South Asian earthquake. (http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/10/09/quake.pakistan/index.html)

How can so many people die, just like that... :(

El Sitherino
10-09-2005, 03:46 PM
Because the earth itself shook?

Hermie
10-09-2005, 03:46 PM
That is truly horrible. :( RIP

TiE23
10-09-2005, 04:18 PM
Well. Its life. And it can definantly suck sometimes. But they'll get through.

Tyrion
10-09-2005, 04:45 PM
Well. Its life. And it can definantly suck sometimes. But they'll get through.

Except the ones who died.

This is horrible...but I wonder if foreign aid is going dry with all the disasters happening. Too bad most of the deaths happend because of the poorly built houses in the area..at least the leader of Pakistan accepted aid from India. Maybe this could stop the feuding between them...I hope.

Mike Windu
10-09-2005, 08:13 PM
**** dude. This isn't even right...

IG-64
10-10-2005, 07:13 AM
Yeah, i've been watching this. Pretty sad. :(

Darth Groovy
10-10-2005, 07:44 AM
Because the earth itself shook?

Does not play well with others...:xp:

toms
10-10-2005, 08:45 AM
Mother Nature doesn't seem to be happy with us all recently...does she? Tsunamis, Hurricanes, earthquakes..

IG-64
10-10-2005, 08:51 AM
Mother Nature doesn't seem to be happy with us all recently...does she? Tsunamis, Hurricanes, earthquakes..

Eh, it's a phase.



METEORS!

*boom*

Rogue15
10-10-2005, 02:53 PM
the moon's comin down!

PoM
10-11-2005, 07:44 AM
Well, uh...
Nature hates us.

Tyrion
10-11-2005, 10:23 AM
Well, uh...
Nature hates us.

Much in the same way you hate ants crawling on your skin.

This is just nature's way of flicking us off.

Writer
10-11-2005, 10:30 AM
so what you're saying is that nature has a brain? Emotions? Senses? Where's nature's nose? and if we're that annoying, why hasn't nature gotten rid of all of us and why not start the extermination sooner?

Tyrion
10-11-2005, 10:36 AM
so what you're saying is that nature has a brain? Emotions? Senses? Where's nature's nose? and if we're that annoying, why hasn't nature gotten rid of all of us and why not start the extermination sooner?

I never said that nature was sentient. It could very well be an automatic mechanism, where nature periodically becomes worse to keep the total population in check.

But then that's dabbling more into the powers of a supreme being, so this isn't a scientific explanation.

Writer
10-11-2005, 10:43 AM
good thing the world doesn't depend on the understanding of scientists and the feasability of their theories to work, eh :p

Sabretooth
10-15-2005, 06:40 AM
80, 000 +

Two Possibilities:
1. Moma Nature's pissed off.
2. Some conspiracy on decreasing world population...

MarcusLeCoy
10-15-2005, 09:25 AM
We're all gonna die :(

Darth333
10-15-2005, 10:12 AM
We're all gonna die :(That's one sure thing and the contrary would surprise me as life has two certainties: death and taxes.

Natural disasters are not new but we tend to forget them pretty quickly when they don't affect us directly: some of the worst natural disasters (http://www.nbc10.com/news/4030540/detail.html) in history.

TiE23
10-15-2005, 12:27 PM
Natural disasters are not new but we tend to forget them pretty quickly when they don't affect us directly: some of the worst natural disasters (http://www.nbc10.com/news/4030540/detail.html) in history.
Damn! China sure has it tough, most of their disasters near the millions.

1959 - China

In July 1959, massive floods in China kill at least 2 million people.

Damn, and I hear its around 38,000 at the moment.

Alegis
10-15-2005, 12:33 PM
20,000 estimated dead in South Asian earthquake. (http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/10/09/quake.pakistan/index.html)

How can so many people die, just like that... :(

Earthquakes don't kill people, collapsing buildings do. Asia: lots of people crammed together in buildings of mostly inferior quality. Result: tombstones.

Kjølen
10-15-2005, 05:12 PM
Earthquakes don't kill people, collapsing buildings do. Asia: lots of people crammed together in buildings of mostly inferior quality. Result: tombstones.

Exactly. Even in the most terrible earthquakes, the worst that the quake itself can do is make you fall on your bum. Perhaps the rare falling into a fissure. Otherwise, it's our own creations that are killing us.

Kurgan
10-15-2005, 06:16 PM
Mother Nature doesn't hate us, this is just another example of cosmic indifference. And the people who say this is "God punishing us" usually can't even agree on what exactly we did to deserve the punishment or why "worse" people were untouched, etc. If one wants to attach philosophical significance to diasters, one could say these are opportunities for us to realize our own mortality, and the stupidity of our internal squabbles, and focus on helping each other and sharing each other's burdens in life.

Nature Diasters simply happen. That doesn't mean you can't try to make the best of it.

Sure, we can minimize stuff by building our houses away from coastlines and fault lines and volcano craters and away from places were avalanches can happen, etc. but we can't entirely avoid nature disasters. We can take safety precautions, and try to follow early warning signs, but you get the idea. And yes, poorest people are hit hardest because they have less to fall back on, less means of escape and less means to get the best protection in the first place.

It's hurrican season. Katrina's devestation was mostly a result of the weakened levies that lead to flooding, and deadlock and lack of transportation a lot of people had, lead to many of the deaths. In a poor country with a large population clustered in one area and crappy homes, as was said, leads to more loss of human life.

Anyway, donate, pray. Help your fellow man through his suffering... and prepare as best you can for the next disaster.

toms
10-18-2005, 08:28 AM
Most of the huge chinese ones were from a long time ago, I'd suspect a lot of the deaths came from famine and disease afterwards, as I doubt there were particularly good ways to deal with either in 30s to 50s china.

This one in South Asia is looking pretty bad, but I haven't noticed anywhere near as much "hype" about it as the tsunami or the new orleans flood. I think its partly because its more distant, with less westerners affected, and partly because with so many disasters in such a short time people are experiencing a kind of "sympathy fatigue".
Now they are talking about around 50,000 dead if Bird Flu hits the UK. God i'm depressed.