Natural Disasters

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know by now of the current force of nature hitting several countries this year. What with the floods in Northern Queensland, the blizzards and storms in North America followed by the larger disasters of Cyclone Yasi hitting Northern Queensland, the major earthquake that hit Christchurch and now the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

Where I’m currently located in Australia, we’ve only experience some flooding and not much more than that but we’re all affected by what has happened across the globe in some form or another. For me, New Zealand’s disaster really got to me because its my homeland, its where I originated from and am still a citizen of. My cousin and his family were living directly behind the Cathedral in Christchurch when the earthquake hit back in February. They are lucky to be alive and we’re greatful that they are safe. With the more recent disaster in Japan… just watching it unfold on TV was horrifying. Seeing people fleeing from the tsunami only to be swept away was frightening. There are a lot of Japanese living here in our city who are attending our Universities and I could understand how worried they must be for family and friends at home. I’m hoping that everyone who managed to get out of the tsunami’s path are okay and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.

If I could wave a magic wand and prevent the disasters from occurring, I would, but all I can do is give my heartfelt condolences and a small donation.

International Red Cross
Australian Red Cross
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal