I’m sure others will be pointing this out but:
“The power of nature has again struck our country,” Bachelet said, declaring six of Chile’s 15 regions “catastrophe zones” in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude quake…..”This is a catastrophe of immense proportions, so it will be very difficult to give precise figures,” Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma said. Officials later said at least 300 people had been killed…..The total value of economic damage caused by the quake is likely to range between 15 billion and 30 billion dollars, a US risk modeling firm predicted.
Compare and contrast:
It was the second major earthquake to hit the Western hemisphere in seven weeks after more than 200,000 people were killed in Haiti last month by a 7.0-magnitude quake.
Thae Haiti quake was less than a tenth of the strength and yet the death toll was around 100 times worse. Haiti’s GDP was around $7 billion before the quake…..it’s entirely possible that there wasn’t actually $30 bilion of damage that could be done to the poor benighted country.
Perhaps it’s wrong of me to try and make political (political in the grander sense, not just mere party politics) points while people are still under the rubble in both countries.
But this is one of the reasons why we really don’t want to fall into the Deep Green trap of thinking that material wealth isn’t important. As and when disaster strikes, which it will, material wealth means that people live. It’s a bit of a bugger rebuilding, boring recreating what already existed: but that’s a fuck sight better than having to dig 200,000 graves, don’t you think?