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Natural Disaster

The Wrath of Nature Must be Equated by Humanity's Resolve to Continuity

The wrath of nature and its untamable power were witnessed in Sunday's night deadly 7.3 magnitude-earthquake along Iran's western border with Iraq.

That 540 people have been killed, 8,000 injured and that 12,000 homes have collapsed sending thousands of people out into freezing temperatures, affirms the magnitude of the Iranian catastrophe.

Yet, as Iran mourns its dead and tends its injured as surviving victims yearn for faster relief, it is the resolve for continuity that will champion the Iranian people over this natural disaster - the said resolve that has enabled the sustaination of life on Planet Earth from prior disasters and conflicts.

Iran Mourns Victims of Last Night's Powerful Earthquake

Three-days of mourning have been declared across Iran for the 395 dead victims of last night's powerful 7.3 earthquake that struck about 9:19 p.m. Iranian time, around the western border and the northeastern border of Iraq. Another 6,650 people, thus far, have been counted as being injured in the natural disaster.

Most of the Iranian deaths and injuries were reported in the western province of Kermanshah close to the Iraq border, where another seven people were killed and many others injured in the Kurdish region of Iraq, along the Iranian border.

Hurricane Irma Arrives in the United States

Hurricane Irma - the powerful shifting tropical storm that has forced more than 76,000 residents in Florida into emergency shelters, has arrived on the United States(US) mainland.

The storm came ashore in the Florida Keys earlier this morning packing winds in excess of 130-miles-an-hour. Though a weakened system, the storm still remains very dangerous causing major flooding, storm surges and power outages to more than 300,000 residences.

Crossing the Florida keys and tracking just west of the Florida peninsula, Irma will continue to impact the state when it re-traverses the state around St.

Hurricane Irma Nears the United States - Safeguard Your Persons

Massive Hurricane Irma packing winds of over 150-miles-per-hour is nearing the United States(US) mainland. Safeguard your persons and loved ones. Property is replaceable, life is not.

From the Florida Keys, to Miami, to Fort Myers, to Naples, to Punta Gorda, to Tampa, to Orlando and beyond, Floridians need to take shelter forthwith. Be safe.

Prayers for Barbuda and Others in the Path of Hurricane Irma

May Almighty God grant relief and comfort to the victims of Hurricane Irma, especially to those on Barbuda and on other islands swept by this weather phenomenon packing winds in excess of 180-miles per hour. 

May the survivors find solace in the light of the sun in the aftermath of this act of nature that would allow for a quick recovery and rebuilding efforts.

May those who died travel well knowing that their deaths may not be in vain, but serve as living-guides toward better building codes and greater pre-storm considerations.

A Muddy Tragedy - Prayers and Relief Efforts to Colombia

At least 254 people have died, another 400 injured and 200, including a number of children, are missing after copious amounts of rain on Friday, triggered a watery-mudslide yesterday of muck and boulders upon the city of Mocoa, in the South American nation of Colombia.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a state of emergency in the region after touring the devastated area, in the southwest of the country, close to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian borders. Relief workers have been joined by more than 1,000 troops and police in carrying out rescue assistance and heartbreaking recovery operations.

The Utilization of Regional Relief Assets in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

The devastation left by last week's Hurricane Matthew along a battered path from the Caribbean islands to the United States(US) mainland has now ushered in broad rescue, relief and aid operations from Haiti to the coasts of the Carolinas.

Haiti -  the hardest hit area in the storm, suffered catastrophic deaths numbering over 900 thus far, widespread property damage to hundreds of homes and a growing health scare from the disease, cholera, which had already killed 10,000 and infected 800,000 in the country since 2010.

A Mounting Death Toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew tore across Haiti on Wednesday killing an estimated 478 people as it skirts the east coast of Florida this morning. 

Though the Atlantic storm remains a powerful and dangerous hurricane with winds of 105 miles-per-hour off the Florida coast, the depth of its wrath must have peaked earlier over Haiti, when winds were in excess of 120-miles-per-hour. While flooding, power-outages and down trees might be the most common effects of the storm on the United States(US) mainland, destruction is not expected to eclipse the damage in Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew - a Killer Storm Nears the U.S. Mainland

After plowing its way through the eastern Caribbean from Barbados to Dominica; dumping copious amounts of rain on Jamaica and on Cuba and leveling major devastation upon Haiti, Hurricane Matthew - a dangerous Atlantic Ocean Hurricane, is churning up the surf and blowing destructive winds upon the paradise beaches of the Bahamas, this morning, with an eye to reaching the United States(US) mainland, in Florida, on Friday morning.

Hurricane Matthew has already claimed some 15 lives along its path through the Caribbean while wrecking havoc and additional hardships upon the people of Haiti, as towns, sparse possessions and lives were either washed or blown away in the tropical weather system.

Humankind's Vulnerability to Nature - Earthquake Deaths in Italy

Rescue workers aided by sniffer dogs are today continuing the arduous effort to locate any survivors buried in the rubble following Wednesday's devastating earthquake in central Italy, which has thus far, killed 241 people and injured some 264. 

Italy and many other locations including Myanmar, are faced with the reality that in spite of modern technological advancements in building codes, humankind remains more adversely vulnerable to natural events especially in instances when technology is missing from building standards.