The frequency and magnitude of major and great earthquakes are rising of late, affecting millions of people. On the heels of the magnitude 7.0 major earthquake that killed 200,000 people in Haiti, an 8.8 magnitude great quake struck off the South American coast near Concepcion. As of this writing, the death toll is rising above 700.
Although Chile apparently suffered far fewer deaths than in Haiti, very similar after effects are now occurring. After just 2 to 3 days without food or water, people are beginning to suffer very hard times, and robbing and stealing for their survival.
It is a well established fact that after several days without food or water, people will become desperate, and will change to uncivilized and even violent behavior to survive. Think about your own situation, your current preparations, food storage, water supply, your mechanisms to survive, your safety. How self sufficient are you? If you suffered a regional disaster, would you be prepared? What would you do if others knock on your door for food? What if it’s worse than that, and there is no knocking, but instead a home invasion? These things are worth thinking about, planning for, and could save your life one day.
Television images showed people stuffing groceries and other goods into shopping trolleys in Concepcion, and a local official in Santiago confirmed that at least two supermarkets there had been looted.
“People have gone days without eating,” said Orlando Salazar, one of the looters at the supermarket. “The only option is to come here and get stuff for ourselves.”
Concepcion’s mayor, Jacqueline van Rysselberghe, said the situation was getting “out of control” due to shortages of basic supplies and called for troops to be sent to the city.
Haiti: Recovery in the Heart Of Hell
230,000 people dead. The Earthquake lasted 35 seconds. The disaster that occurred on January 12 in Port-au-Prince, with a population of 3 million, serves as a wake up call for us all, regardless of where we live.
Although many do not live in Earthquake zones, there are many examples of collapse which could devastate a region, or worse. They don’t all have to be tangibly dramatic in their physical destruction to have a very similar human outcome.
“The upshot is there are many desperate people, undone by hunger and fear. Privileges are fiercely defended and an instinct for self-preservation (and no help from the police) has had a dispiriting effect. ‘I saw two thieves taken away by 30 to 40 formerly peaceful people,’ he says. ‘They just killed them with rocks and iron bars.’”