The U.N. ISDR reported earthquakes have caused the deadliest disasters in the past decade
The Haiti earthquake is responsible for the majority of the 2010 disaster death toll. With at least 220,000 deaths out of a population of around just 9 million, the number of fatalities almost matched those experienced during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which struck a far larger population, said Kathleen Tierney, a professor of sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This proportionally high number of causalities has led some to call the Haiti earthquake the "worst natural disaster to occur in modern times," Tierney said.
"The Haiti earthquake is a true catastrophe of a type that we really haven't seen historically, in terms of recorded history, in terms of its impact on a single society," Tierney said.
This will also turn out to be a costly year at the hands of Mother Nature. The Haiti earthquake alone is estimated to cost $8 billion to $14 billion, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.
The U.N. ISDR reported earthquakes have caused the deadliest disasters in the past decade.
Other notable disasters in 2010:
- Chile earthquake: The 8.8 temblor was the fifth largest on record, and moved the city of Concepción at least 10 feet (3 meters) to the west. The quake killed 500 to 700 individuals, with numbers still coming in, according to news reports. Total recovery costs could exceed $15 billion, news reports say.
- Turkey earthquake: The 6.0 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Monday and kill approximately 41 people, according to the AP.
- China snowstorm: A series of snowstorms and freezing weather has hit China's western region of Xinjiang since Dec. The storms have affected millions and resulted in 30 deaths, the AP reported this month.
- Washington, D.C., snowstorm: The blizzard that blanketed the northeastern United States last month with record snowfalls left thousands without power, caused hundreds of accidents and resulted in at least 2 fatalities, according to news reports. For D.C. alone, the price tag is estimated to be $41 million. Yahoo
The world is taking note of the recent surge in natural disasters in early 2010. Not only has Haiti accounted for almost as many fatalities as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there have also been a number of other significant natural disasters that have struck the globe. In fact, just in the last twenty-four hours, Chile has been struck by three major earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.9, 6.7, and 5.9 respectively.
"The U.N. ISDR reported earthquakes have caused the deadliest disasters in the past decade." Yahoo
The Bible says in Matthew 24:7 that during the time when Israel is back occupying their land (including Jerusalem) earthquakes would begin to pop up around the globe in force. The news that the international community has confirmed that earthquakes have been the deadliest disasters during this last decade only highlights the accuracy of Bible prophecy.
I'm certain most people throughout the world will continue to write this surge of earthquakes off as a big coincidence, but in the back of their minds they have to be questioning whether the prophets were right after all. Very soon it will be confirmed.
In other news, US Vice President Joseph Biden's visit to Israel started off on a sour note when Israeli officials announced that they had approved an expansion of 1600 homes in East Jerusalem. This announcement not only backfired on Israel, but has placed them on the international communities hot seat and will serve to be a major problem throughout the talks. I have to believe Israel will find heavy international opposition from this time on for any expansion projects going forward. And don't look for the US to show any sympathy. If Israel does not stop settlement expansion projects the world will look to the US to cast blame upon them for the breakdown in Middle East peace. If that happens, it would certainly be bad news for Israel and place them in a no win situation. Truthfully, I can't see this round of talks breaking down without Israel paying a heavy price.
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