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I don't know what to say about the earthquake in Haiti. A corner of the world that has endured too much devastation was just handed much more. Tyler Cowen comments:

Just two days ago I was trying to convince a group of my colleagues to come to Haiti with me for a three-day weekend outing. Had we gone, we would have stayed in what is now the epicenter of the earthquake. The hotel I had in mind ... I believe it does not exist any more but has fallen down the hills into oblivion. It is difficult for me to fathom what must be going on there and how it will continue to play out. In addition to thousands of lives, much of the Haitian cultural heritage has been destroyed. Here is an image of Simbi, god of healing.

Here is one reputable place to donate. Here is another.

It's all the sadder because Haiti had come so far in recent years.

Photo credit: By Ivanoh Demers/Montreal La Presse via Associated Press

By Ezra Klein  |  January 13, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
 
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It is indeed hard to understand the degree of devastation Haiti has suffered. But I hope folks will donate to the reputable relief organizations mentioned above, not just now but say 6 months from now as well. We lived in Nicaragua during the time of the 1972 earthquake, which was a 6.2, which unimaginably is actually 32 times LESS powerful than a 7.0. The entire city of Managua was built on volcanic soil and shook like jelly. The city was almost completely destroyed. They ended up literally ploughing under most of the rubble eventually and building back from scratch. Where we lived a few miles outside of town there was a lot of shaking but less damage. But once you have seen the earth literally move under your feet, like a snake going through under the ground, you never forget it, and you never lose your respect for the forces of nature -- or ever ever remain unprepared. We keep water, flashlights, canned food even now (well of course we live in California on the coast, so good reason...)
Still, I hope your readers will do whatever they can to contribute.

Posted by: LindaB1 | January 13, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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