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Learning From Disasters January 13, 2010

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I would feel irresponsible and self-absorbed if I didn’t take the time to mention the horrific earthquake that occurred in Haiti yesterday. The estimated death toll has risen to over 100,000. Please visit RedCross.org to make a contribution to help people in Haiti.

As in the event of any disaster, once recovery is underway it is important to learn from our mistakes. While learning about earthquakes will not help the people in Haiti now, it may help us to predict future earthquakes and take precautions to minimize the damages. That’s why this catastrophic event made me think of one of my favorite exhibits at the New York State Museum — the M&T Bank New York State Museum Earthquake Center which includes a, “real-time display of earthquakes in New York and around the world.” In some ways this exhibit is mollifying, because it shows that earthquakes are daily, global occurrences. It is important museum exhibits like this that will kindle interest in today’s youth, creating the scientists and seismologists of the future, the ones who will hopefully curtail the loss of life from terrible natural disasters.

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