A year ago, a 9.3 richter earthquake ripped open the sea floor off the coast of Indonesia, causing the worst tsunami in history (judged by the number of fatalities). Here are two of the most dramatic videos I found of last year's tsunami - both show Banda Aceh, Indonesia as the ocean swept through downtown.
Did this past year have more disasters than usual, more fatalities, or are we just primed to believe that the end times have finally crept up on little cat feet? First, almost 300,000 people die in the tsunami , then Katrina gave us the death of a major American city, and by the time 90,000 people died in Kashmir, I was numb to the enormity of it all. You make a donation, you do whatever you can and then you just have to blot it out and be grateful that it didn't happen to you. In September, I got a small taste of the frustrations of relief work while working with New Orleans' WWOZ-FM.