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An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico last night. So far, at least 30 people have been killed, and destruction is widespread. There’s also a major tsunami risk.

Mexican authorities said at least 32 people were killed in the quake, all in the southern states. In Oaxaca, which lies along the Pacific coast, there have been at least 23 deaths, according to the state governor, Alejandro Murat. Some 17 of the dead were found in the town of Juchitan, where residents put out pleas on social media for help recovering people from the wreckage.

Mexican authorities said at least 32 people were confirmed dead, including many in the state of Oaxaca along the Pacific coast. In some towns, such as Juchitlan in Oaxaca, there were reports of people trapped under rubble.

I travelled through some of those parts of Oaxaca and Chiapas a few years ago, which just makes it even more devastating in my mind.

Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods… Mother Nature is angry this month.


It’s total devastation in Haiti. There are fears that the death toll will surpass 100,000.

Pretty much all the major relief organisations are accepting online donations, including MSF, the International Red Cross, UNICEF, and a special relief fund through Federation CJA. Please give what you can.


“Worse than Tsunami”


That’s what the U.N. is saying about the earthquake in Pakistan: The United Nations said yesterday the earthquake in Pakistan was a worse disaster than last year’s tsunami, as its secretary general, Kofi Annan, warned of a second “massive wave of deaths” if international aid were not dramatically scaled up. “This is a huge, huge […]

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Really big stuff that’s happened that I’ve been too busy to blog about


Of course, the big story is the earthquake in Pakistan that has claimed a staggering 30,000 lives so far. All the aid organizations are accepting donations, as they do their best to rush aid to the survivors. Iraqis vote on their constitution tomorrow, as they struggle to implement democracy despite increasing attacks and sabotage. And, […]

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