Little did I know six days later, I would sit in front of my computer, crying over the lives lost due to the massive earthquake in China.
Goodness, a 7.9 magnitude on the Richter scale!
The last devastating one happened in China I recall was 1976's Tangshan earthquake. Back then, over a quarter of a million people died in the disaster. That was a 7.5 magnitude.
I remember all those years ago, as a kid living in Shanghai, when the news of the earthquake unfolded, I was deeply affected by the fact thousands of children lost their parents. Today, it's the news of those 1000 students and teachers trapped or killed in the collapsed school that really got me...
Even though I don't personally know anyone living in the disaster area, my thoughts are with the Chinese people right now.
p.s. I do have a good friend who came from Sichuan province. She has relatives still living in the provincial capital Chengdu. The last I heard (yesterday), they were unable to get in touch with their relatives. I hope their loved ones are safe...
ETA: Talked to my friend today (Wednesday) and found out they had gotten in touch with their family and friends back in Chengdu. Thank goodness everyone they know was okay!
This is slightly OT, and a bit self-centered, but as I read the news regarding the trapped/killed students from the collapsed Juyuan Middle School, my thoughts were shifted a bit to my son and his school:
The news segment suggested the school building was subpar as the neighboring buildings suffered relatively small damage.
But what does that have to do with my son and his school?
See, my son currently attends International School of Monterey, a public charter school from K to 8th grade. He *loves* his school -- he told me so just the other day. About a month ago, the school was given a 90-Day notice by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) that it should move to another campus (Hayes Park) soon.
The thing is, Hayes Park campus is substandard. Many improvements are needed to bring the facility to meet the California codes. I've heard the school official say there's no way these improvements can be done in 90 days.
The school is actively fighting the move. However, just yesterday the local newspaper reported (erroneously) that the school IS preparing to move.
As a parent, I'm outraged!