Every day here in New Zealand the Christchurch earthquake is brought home to those of us who are not living in it and who are not directly affected by it. Today Fiona from Four Paws and Whiskers who is my principal source of the real effect of the quake posted We have lost the city we once knew.
To me the Christchurch quake is very real because I know people who have been affected. I know people who live there. I know many people who have friends and relatives there. It is a very 'near' thing to me. And it is a major catastrophe. But those in Christchurch and we in New Zealand will, eventually, get over it. Christchurch will be rebuilt. Those who survived will rebuild their lives. The country will survive.
The last thing on this earth I would want to do or suggest is that this has not been a major disaster. It has been. But here's the rub. Here's the dilemma. I can feel and relate to the Christchurch disaster.
In camparison the 2010 Haiti earthquake approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital occurred on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people (equal to 3/4 of New Zealand's population) were affected by the quake. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. The government of Haiti also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
I knew none of that until I wondered how our earthquake compared with that one and looked it up this evening. It made me think. Very hard.