A Calamitous Plague On All Our Houses

Nicaragua's lethal tsunamis are the latest disaster to hit the planet

"Natural" is not a word that links logically with "disaster." But together the words emphasize how little control humans have over the events they describe. Almost without pause, nature lately has shattered, crushed and flooded the earth with a series of cataclysms that have killed hundreds, caused incalculable damage and left survivors shaken.

On the same day in mid-August, a volcano erupted in Alaska, an earthquake hit near Alaska's Andreanof Islands and another rocked Kyrgyzstan in the . former Soviet Union. Two weeks ago, Hurricane Andrew hit the Bahamas, then ripped through Florida and Louisiana. Last week the chain of disasters...

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