nature disasters

remaininginnocent  asked:

URGENT - could you please pray for Mexico City? there was a 7.1 earthquake a couple hours ago, and today was also the anniversary of another big earthquake in Mexico City back in 1985

God have mercy. We’ll be praying.

God of the oppressed,
I know you dwell among the vulnerable and the suffering – may the people in Mexico City feel your presence as they grieve and rebuild after this earthquake. Fill them with your courage and comfort, and inspire them to reach out to one another, to act with love and lean upon each other. 
Protect those who are involved in relief efforts. Protect those who have lost homes and loved ones. Guide them through this time of trouble with hope.
Amen.

time.com
Hurricane Maria Aims for Puerto Rico After Slamming Dominica
'You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you're going to die'
By Danica Coto and Carlisle Jno Baptiste / AP

Danica Coto and Carlisle Jno Baptiste at AP, via Time:

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado.

As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló warned that Maria could hit “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations.”

“We’re going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico,” Rosselló said, adding that a likely island wide power outage and communication blackout could last for days. “We’re going to have to rebuild.”

Authorities warned that people in wooden or flimsy homes should find safe shelter before the storm’s expected arrival Wednesday.

“You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die,” said Héctor Pesquera, the island’s public safety commissioner. “I don’t know how to make this any clearer.”

At least 217 people were killed after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattled Central Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017, toppling buildings and leaving an unknown number of victims trapped under rubble. The tremblor was the deadliest to strike the country in decades, the Associated Press reported, citing the head of Mexico’s National Civil Defense Agency. The epicenter was located in Raboso, 76 miles southwest of Mexico City, which suffered significant damage. First responders and volunteers in the city continued working Wednesday to dig through the rubble, find victims and deliver water. Photographs by @afpphoto, @api.mages, @gettyimages and @reuters via IG:time

huffingtonpost.com
How To Help The Victims Of The Central Mexico Earthquake
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the country's capital, leveling buildings and killing hundreds.

Hi, guys. I know I’m not here so often anymore, but I need your help. Right now things in Mexico are pretty much awful after a Earthquake took down over 50 buildings and people are still trapped in the ground. A school full of kids crashed and killed most of them, some are still trying to get out. The citizens are helping but we’re running out of resources. We really need all the help we can get, so please share. Any little help is enough help. 

Thank you.

México

So…

I’m from Mexico city, I live here, yesterday was so shocking, I was in my way to my home from the Downton (centro) and I really thinked I was about to die, the centro histórico, where I was, is in ruins as many other places here in the city.

If you can donate via PayPal it would be great, the “topos” is a group formed in 1985 in order to help people that were inside the buildings that collapse (in the same day 19th of September), México needs your help, please, it’s like being in a movie of natural disasters that never ends, the buildings still collapsing and a lot of people is missing.

Fortunately me and my family are ok (my cats, my home), but there is a lot of people that lose everything.

Sorry if my english is not to understandable but I still shocked and I can barely ask for your help.

Please donate for materials and for the damages, many people lost their home.

Porfavor donen, estamos en crisis en el país, hay más zonas afectadas no solo la ciudad.

Our thoughts are with the people of Mexico City as they reel from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the city today on the anniversary of the devastating 8.5 magnitude quake that hit the Mexican capital in 1985. This is after another devastating quake two weeks ago in the state of Chiapas.
This is a detail of a mural completed late in Diego Rivera’s life, “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.” In this epic mural, Rivera condenses 400 years of Mexican history into one fantastical scene. The mural was painted inside of the Hotel Prado in Mexico City in 1947. Incredibly, the wall the mural was painted on was the only wall that survived the earthquake in 1985.

The following are organizations you can donate to in order to help with Mexico’s recovery:

1. Red Cross Mexico

2. Unicef Mexico

3. International Community Foundation

4. Global Giving Foundation

5. Oxfam Mexico

6. Save the Children Mexico

Hey friendos I know this is a side-blog and all that jazz but if there is anything you can do to help out the people in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Barbuda, ANYONE who has been affected by this year’s disasters please don’t hesitate!

These places are taking a beating this year and a majority have shown their support during our times of crisis. Now it’s time to pay back the favor!

If you have any links to verified organizations (not the Red Cross or its ilk) that are currently out there please send them to me and I’ll reblog them here and on my main just to help spread awareness!

when sending out prayers/good vibes/help for hurricane irma, PLEASE don’t forget about the islands. especially haiti, dominican republic, turks and cacos, the bahamas, and so many more. they don’t have millions of people backing them up simply because they aren’t the usa. please donate and send care packages because they won’t be able to bounce back or get immediate help after a devastating category 5, the largest category a hurricane can be, like the usa can.

The west coast is on fire, Houston is underwater, two hurricanes are on their way, parts of the world are also flooded, and I’m currently using defense mechanisms to stay calm about the fate of humanity so I just have one thing to ask:

Who didn’t forward that chain letter from 2007

The inhumanity of capitalism sees people arguing that natural disasters, situations in which people lose everything they have and struggle to stay alive with limited resources, is the “perfect time” for price gouging [the practice of raising prices to astronomical levels to take advantage of increased demand].

In this article, the author argues that places raising the price of water to freaking $100 means that “only those who actually need it will buy it”, allowing the price-gouge to serve as a means of rationing and distribution….not once taking into account those who simply can’t afford such gouges or the simple freaking fact that such barbaric and ruthless economic tactics display the absolute worst that humanity has to offer.

Because at the end of the day, the safety of “the market” is far more important that those who are struggling to survive in the wake of a natural freaking disaster.

The barbaric author then goes to argue in the comments that “sufficiently high prices” will miraculously allow supplies to enter into the storm-ravaged areas…because if enough money is offered, “people will find a way”. He basically argues that high enough prices will lead people to more likely risk their own lives to bring in more goods to profit off of the suffering of others through price-gouging in times of disaster……….and that somehow, this practice makes the world [and market!!] a better place for all.

“rationing by price”, ensuring that only the rich survive or that the poor are forced to choose between dying or giving up everything they have just to get through a disaster.

This is absolute lunacy paraded as a “logical economics” and it’s infuriating.

I’m at least glad that there are several people in the comments section of his article ripping him a new one.

So just to catch up with what’s been happening.

The planet is litterly purging, incase you didnt know:
🔥 California is on fire.
🔥 Oregon is on fire.
🔥 Washington is on fire.
🔥 British Columbia is on fire.
🔥 Alberta is on fire
🔥 Montana is on fire.
🔥 Nova Scotia is on fire.
🔥 Greece is on fire.
🔥 Brazil is on fire.
🔥 Portugal is on fire.
🔥 Algeria is on fire.
🔥 Tunisia is on fire.
🔥 Greenland is on fire.
🔥 The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire.
🔥 Siberia is on fire.
⛈️Texas is under water
⛈️ India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll.
⛈️ Sierra Leone and Niger experience massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands.
🌞Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer.
🌞Southern California continues to swelter under triple digit heat that shows no sign of letting up.
🌞In usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters all-time record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple digits.
((🌎)) Yellowstone volcano is hit with earthquake swarm of over 2,300 tremors since June, recording a 4.4 quake on June 15, 20017 and 3.3 shaker on August 21, 2017.
((🌎)) 5.3 earthquake rumbles through Idaho
((🌎)) Japan earthquake 6.1 possible tsunami..
((🌎)) Mexico earthquake 8.2 imminent tsunami. Beach lines are receded atleast 50+ meters
🌊Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (biggest ever recorded), Jose and Katia are barreling around the Atlantic with 8 more potentials forming
And last but not least an X10 C.M.E solar flare last night . The highest recorded solar flare ever!


Photo of Irma from space:

So I’m pretty sure the world is actually turning into an apocalypse movie because we’ve got:

1.) Half of Texas underwater, caused by a hurricane

2.) A good portion of India underwater, caused by another hurricane

3.) A good portion of the Caribbean underwater, caused by yet another hurricane

4.) Two more hurricanes that were created in the wake of the previous hurricane

5.) All of California is on fire

6.) North Korea has bombs

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I rode my bike to the forest last week and I got lost for a while! It was amazing :’) also this is last week’s spread! (I’m actually spending most of the time doing nothing but watching movies haha)

More than a natural disaster: How Harvey and Irma put health care, immigrant communities, the environment, and more at risk

In the past few weeks, severe storms including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the southwest U.S., Mexico, and island territories including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Dozens of people perished, and many more were displaced from their homes. Some people’s lives will never be the same again.

The truth is that horrifying storms like Harvey and Irma — as well as the earthquake that shook Mexico — reveal the intersections of how natural disasters can impact access to health care, the environment, immigrant communities and folks with low incomes. Here’s how these crises are affecting real people, right now.

Natural disasters = heightened fear for undocumented communities

Donald Trump’s xenophobic plan to end DACA makes Hurricane Harvey even more dangerous for some folks. In Houston, the city with the third largest population of undocumented immigrants, Harvey forced many DACA recipients and mixed-status families to face difficult choices. Already anxious over Trump’s threats of deportation, undocumented people may be even more reluctant to seek out shelter and health care in Harvey’s wake, for fear of being turned away at shelters or facing hostile ICE agents.

The most vulnerable people at risk

Natural disasters affect people with low incomes the most. In Texas and Florida, folks with low incomes are more likely to live in flood-prone areas with deficient infrastructure. This means that evacuating and traveling to get medical assistance is much harder — especially for low-income people with disabilities. There’s an assumption that everyone can and should evacuate when natural disasters happen, but that’s not always possible for everyone. Not everyone can get time off of work, access resources to relocate their family, or find a place to stay.

And in Houston, many families with low incomes live near the city’s oil refineries and petrochemical plants — putting them at risk of contamination, leaks, explosions, and other hazards.

A threat against women’s health

We also can’t forget the danger that natural disasters pose for women. Because of the devastation brought on by Harvey and Irma, women looking for preventive or maternal care and women who need abortions might be blocked from getting help. What’s more, these women could be forced to travel in sometimes dangerous conditions to access the care they need, if they can at all.

In addition, Texas lawmakers have passed medically unnecessary restrictions that have led to health centers closing, jeopardizing women’s health even further. In parts of Texas, some abortion providers offered free safe, legal abortion for survivors of Harvey. But elsewhere, a lot of women don’t have this option.

And it gets worse

Folks with chronic conditions — such as diabetes, endometriosis, or chronic kidney disease — are also at risk. During evacuation, their medications can get lost or destroyed. With dialysis centers, pharmacies, and hospitals closed, there are fewer places for people to get care.

The environment suffers, too

Houston is home to America’s petroleum industry. Significant amounts of flooding spell disaster for those living near chemical factories — and the environment.

With dozens of chemical plants flooding and shutting down due to Harvey, more than one million pounds of toxic pollutants have been released into the air. A flooded factory outside of Houston burst into flames twice, leaking toxic chemicals and sending 15 people to the hospital.

And drinking water — which may have come in contact with sewage systems and contaminated with bacteria like E. coli  — is unsafe to drink in some areas of Houston and Florida. Having safe, healthy environments and clean water is a basic human right, as well as an issue of reproductive rights. Mothers, for example, need clean water to prepare infant formula or to breastfeed their babies.

We stand in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

The impact of these natural disasters is personal. Planned Parenthood is an essential health care provider in many of the communities hit hard by these disasters. Several organizations are coming to the aid of those affected by Harvey and Irma. Here’s how you can help:

Texas

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey

Help NOW:

  • Volunteer with Planned Parenthood supporters in relief efforts. Already, more than 150 Planned Parenthood supporters assembled 4,000 period kits for Harvey victims in Houston.

Mexico

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katia, earthquake

Help NOW:

Florida

Hit by: Hurricane Irma

Help NOW:

  • Volunteer with Planned Parenthood and other coalition partners to help communities that are most vulnerable. Volunteer Anna Eskamani says, “I volunteered with this effort last night to pass out free food, and the Friday before Irma made landfall, I also volunteered with a homeless outreach group to let the homeless know of their shelter options.”
  • Chip in to the Irma Community Recovery Fund to stand with folks in Florida.

U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean

Hit by: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

Help NOW:

GUYS, PLEASE, PRAY OR SEND GOOD VIBES OR ANY HELP THAT YOU CAN, NOT JUST TO PUERTO RICO, BUT ANY ISLANDS, STATES, OR COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN OR WILL GET HIT IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS BY HURRICANE IRMA.

IT’S LITERALLY A MONSTER HURRICANE, APPARENTLY SO STRONG THAT SEISMOMETERS ARE PICKING IT UP AS A SERIES OF QUAKES. MY ISLAND IS GETTING HIT BY IT TOMORROW AND IT JUST TURNED INTO A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE, WHICH THE SHORES OF PUERTO RICO HAVE NOT SEEN SINCE 1928 (Hurricane San Felipe II). WE ARE IN A STATE OF IMMINENT EMERGENCY.


IRMA IS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE, REACHING UP TO 185 MPH+. YES, PLUS (AND, IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, THE THRESHOLD FOR A CAT. 5 IS SOMEWHERE AROUND 157 MPH. WE’RE VERY WELL PAST THAT.) SOME PEOPLE ARE EVEN SAYING IT COULD GO BEYOND CAT. 5.


AMERICA, PLEASE DON’T FORGET US. I KNOW WE’RE STILL HEALING FROM HARVEY’S DEVASTATION IN HOUSTON, BUT PLENTY OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS ARE ALSO PART OF THE UNITED STATES SOMEHOW, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PR BEING AMERICAN TERRITORIES, AND PUERTO RICO BEING A POSSIBLE FUTURE 51ST STATE (IF THAT’S OF ANY IMPORTANCE TO YOU AT ALL). IT DOESN’T EVEN MATTER IF IT’S AN AMERICAN COUNTRY OR NOT, ANY AND ALL PLACES TO GET STRUCK DESERVE SUPPORT AND ALL THE HELP WE CAN GIVE. WE MUST REMAIN HOUSTON STRONG, AND NOW WE ALSO NEED TO BE CARIBBEAN STRONG. 🇵🇷🇺🇸

TO EVERYONE FROM THE ISLANDS TO THE STATES AND EVERY AFFECTED COUNTRY: PLEASE LOOK FOR SHELTER IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR HOUSE CANNOT WITHSTAND FLOODING, INTENSE WINDS (180 MPH+), HEAVY RAINS, LANDSLIDES, OR ANYTHING YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY MAY BE A THREAT TO YOUR AREA. TRY TO ASSIST OTHERS IN WHATEVER THEY MAY NEED.
PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYONE. 💝
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A TODO EL MUNDO DE LAS ISLAS Y LOS ESTADOS Y LOS PAÍSES AFECTADOS: POR FAVOR BUSQUEN REFUGIO SI PIENSAN QUE SU HOGAR NO PUEDA AGUANTAR INUNDACIONES, RÁFAGAS DE MÁS DE 180 MPH, LLUVIAS FUERTES, DERRUMBES O CUALQUIER COSA QUE SUS AUTORIDADES LOCALES MARQUEN COMO UNA AMENAZA A SU ÁREA. TRATEN DE AYUDAR A LOS DEMAS CON LO QUE PUEDAN NECESITAR.
TODOS MANTÉNGANSE A SALVO. 💝