Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hundreds have died alone since Kobe quake: Japanese police

The psychological effects of disaster are often telling and persistent, even when the source isn’t related to climate. Whatever the cause, a huge regional disruption cuts social bonds and supports. The old are often left vulnerable, which is what happened in Kobe, Japan, following the earthquake in 1995. Terra Daily, via Agence France-Presse, has a haunting story that will probably repeat itself – is repeating itself! – in many climate-linked disasters.
photo: NSGS, Kobe earthquake

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