An earthquake in Pakistan kills nearly eighty thousand people. A tsunami overwhelms the coastline of the Indian Ocean, killing more than two hundred fifty thousand people. A hurricane slams into the southern United States and causes flooding that kills nearly one thousand people. A mudslide in Central America causes six hundred people to be buried alive in a matter of minutes.
For more than a year, our television screens have been filled with images of devastation and human suffering caused by natural disasters....
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