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Our world is experiencing major geological upheaval and climate events. Earthquakes, volcanic disruption, typhoons, and hurricanes are claiming lives, ravaging lifestyles, and destroying communities.
It may seem as if we here in Southern California are having a climate reprieve; we had some record heat issues with very destructive fire outbreaks but not like our late spring-early summer of 2014
Los Angeles California, this year, endured record fire loss http://theweek.com/speedreads/722644/record-los-angeles-fire-forces-hundreds-evacuations
San Diegans are mindful that it's still September. After years of severe drought and water rationing, we had record rainfall. We remember our wet, windy, winter last year.
I captured this footage a few minutes after winds and heavy rain began to subside. It had rained fairly heavily for almost two days. After a week, the rains came back and we experienced flooding and landslides throughout the region for several weeks.
Yet our experience in San Diego California, whether geological or climatic, so far does not compare to what other parts of the U.S, or the world has suffered or is undergoing. Our wildfires blended with climate interaction are arguably a different matter. The October Cedar Fire took eight lives, cost millions of dollars in property damage, and killed uncounted numbers of wild life. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/wildfire/sdut-cedar-fire-anniversary-wildcat-canyon-2013oct19-htmlstory.html
As we look at the world today, a few places have had little or no noticeable damage. Others, like Mexico City, are areas in trauma. Let's take a look at a few regions.
Vanuatu--6.8 Earthquake- so far....little or no known/damage. http://abc7.com/news/68-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-off-vanuatu-in-south-pacific/1971818/
Japan 6.1 Earthquake--so far...little or no known/reported damage. http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/earthquake-hits-near-fukushima-nuclear-plant-in-japan/ar-AAshitQ
Mexico City regions, however has sustained major damage and loss of lives with continuing aftershocks. 7.1 Earthquake---http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/americas/mexico-earthquake-rescues/index.html
As for hurricanes and flooding, the US has been hit by Hurricane Harvey, and now Jose(East Coast)as Hurricane Irma still rages on. https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-harvey-forecast-texas-louisiana-arkansas
Irma has devastated Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands The flooding has left the island with severe infrastructure damage.
People are suffering on a very basic level from the devastation. Airlift aid is slow so far, although some relief is coming in. Experts estimate that those who can not leave the island of Puerto Rico will struggle without electricity for weeks. Rebuilding the economy may take years.
Other parts of the world are having similar storm experiences including floods in Northern India, Nepal India, Nepal and Bangladesh according to Floodlist Asia: http://floodlist.com/asia
Africa, including Nigeria and the Sudan are also in the middle of flood crises: http://floodlist.com/africa
2017 is not over yet . . . .My prayers and thoughts go out to all devastated by geological, wildfire, or climatic crisis.
May God be with you, comfort you, and strengthen you.