The author walks to his hometown after the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995.
The 2011 Tohoku Japan earthquake and tsunami, as experienced by eight schoolchildren.
In 2009, 300 people perished in an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. Next week, six Italian scientists and one government official will stand trial for manslaughter.
But despite all that has been promised, almost nothing has been built back in Haiti, better or otherwise. Within Port-au-Prince, some 3 million people languish in permanent misery, subject to myriad experiments at "fixing" a nation that, to those who are attempting it, stubbornly refuses to be fixed. Mountains of rubble remain in the streets, hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in weather-beaten tents, and cholera, a disease that hadn't been seen in Haiti for 60 years, has swept over the land, infecting more than a quarter million people.
On Haiti and why apocalypse, by definition, must include revelation.
Both the Chinese government and private matchmakers are laboring to unite people who lost spouses and children in the earthquake.