Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Chilean Earthquake

My heart goes out to the victims of the very strong earthquake that hit Chile yesterday. After last month's Haitian quake, who would have thought that we would have an even stronger quake in the same hemisphere? This one was was an 8.8 which makes it one of the strongest in recorded history.

I wonder if mother nature is trying to tell us something. And I wonder where the next strong earthquake will strike. Could it be the San Francisco Bay Area, which is overdue for "the" big one, according to geologists? I think that if I lived there I would be quite concerned.

But back to yesterday's quake. At first it was thought that it might produce a devastating tsunami that might swamp the Hawaiian Islands along the lines of the one that devastated Indonesia and other countries in 2004, but thank God, it appears that it won't happen. The last I heard was that they are still watching for a potential tsunami in Japan however.

At least in the case of Chili, they have an infrastructure that will be able to help them rebuild from the destruction caused by the quake. That is unlike poor Haiti, where virtually no infrastructure existed. So far apparently Chili hasn't even requested outside assistance from other countries. However, tragically, there has been considerable loss of life, with the toll already in the hundreds and destined to go higher.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My condolences to the family of the dead Georgian Olympic competitor

In a tragic accident yesterday, Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when he hit the side of the chute and careened over the edge during a practice run at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Luge is a dangerous sport, and I'm sure that Nodar understood the risks that he was taking, but nonetheless, it is a terrible thing to happen and my sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. To lose life at such a young age is senseless.

Olympic officials have announced that the luge competition will continue, but that steps will be taken to make the course safer. I think that it is a good decision to do that and to dedicate the competition to their fallen comrade's memory. I suspect that this is the way that Nodar would have wanted it.

May God bless Nodar's family with serenity and love in this time of their great grief and loss.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Latest cemetery pictures

Here are the latest Kaiser Memorial Lawn cemetery construction pictures. The pictures were just uploaed today.