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China 6.5 Earthquake | Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:19am local time
Rescue workers in China are hunting for survivors from an earthquake that killed 19 people and injured more than 250 in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, reports China’s Xinhua news.
The popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou is located near the epicentre of the quake — in a national park known for its spectacular natural beauty.
It’s well past time that every government on the planet contribute to the creation of a specialized natural disaster rapid deployment force with fully stocked distribution centres located on every continent, complete with their own fleet of aircraft — and able to reach any disaster area in the world within hours.
Hundreds of tons of food, tents, beds, portable kitchens to feed thousands and portable medical stations designed to provide rapid triage care to rescued and injured persons could be getting loaded into aircraft for the flight to the disaster zone within minutes of any disaster.
It would be great if the temporary medical facilities could be manned by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières once the stations were erected in the disaster zone. Agencies like NASA and the USGS could offer their technical expertise, while other organizations could contribute aviation fuel, emergency supplies, rescue workers / logistic personnel along with other important relief assistance.
At any moment, anywhere on the planet might be hit by an earthquake, flood, cyclone or other severe storms, or even meteorites large enough to cause serious damage (yes, the dinosaurs didn’t believe it either). Which is why it’s time to stop talking and get doing it!
Written by John Brian Shannon