Earthquakes are tragedies in a whole other category: while we can allocate blame for the majority of catastrophes – including forest fires, as in the recent Australian case – earthquakes are merely the brute force of nature.
Striking out of the blue and leaving towns and cities scarred masses of rubble and scores, at times hundreds, dead and orphaned there is little mercy and few preventative measures.
What gets me though is this: amidst the devastation gaggles of numb-skulls think not of aiding those trapped under rubble, but of looting.
A block of student accommodation collapsed and the search for survivors is yielding more and more bodies, yet pinching cigarettes and cash is at the forefront of looter’s minds.
We cannot apportion blame to earthquakes, but we can direct anger and perplexity towards such callous opportunists.