Scientists now worry about the increase of the frequency and intensity of earthquakes. Is this a sign that our planet is just resonating with our own individual and societal psyche in 2012? Or, just a blip on the radar screen? Are we worried about it?
At least 111 people are confirmed killed in Samoa, neighboring American Samoa and Tonga. Officials in the Pacific region have expressed fears the toll will rise as rescue workers struggle to reach outlying villages. The quake hit the small cluster of Samoan islands in the South Pacific early Tuesday.
Around 220,000 people live on the two main islands which make up the nation of Samoa. The population of the U.S. island territory of American Samoa is about 66,000.
In Tonga, Lord Tuita, the acting prime minister, said at least seven people had been confirmed dead on the northern island of Niuatoputapu. Three others were missing and four people were being treated for serious injuries, he said. “The hospital on the island is reported to have suffered major damage; telephone communications has been cut as a result of damage to equipment and facilities on the island; homes and government buildings have been destroyed; the airport runway has been severely damaged making it impossible for any fixed wing aircraft to land,” a statement from the Tongan prime minister’s office said.
Meanwhile, there’s yet another earthquake getting attention.
A major earthquake that struck Indonesia this morning killing at least 13 people and injured hundreds more just from initial reports. The 13 were crushed when the quake collapsed buildings, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the Ministry of Health’s crisis center. Hundreds more were injured, he said. The state-run Antara news agency said the earthquake “killed tens of people and destroyed hundreds of buildings including houses, shopping centers and mosques.”
My take is that we’re swimming in some deep waters for which there are no normality.
As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.