Saturday, February 27, 2010
In the map above (created before the disastrous quake that hit Haiti last month), you can see the cities predicted to suffer major damage in an earthquake due to shoddy construction. There is, not surprisingly, a strong correlation with poverty and a lack of enforced building codes (the latter a sign of functional, organized government).
Port-au-Prince made it on the map, but in my opinion the prediction was conservative given what we now know as the utter devastation that occurred in that city. Obviously earthquake prediction isn't an exact science, so all the circles should be taken with a grain of salt.
That said, I find it extremely interesting that none of the Chilean cities made it to the map. Chile is a very seismic country, having registered the largest earthquake in registered history (magnitude 9.5 in 1960) as well as now the 7th-largest as well (tied with a 1906 quake off the coast of Ecuador). I know that Santiago's modern buildings are all constructed according to strict earthquake retrofitting guidelines, but the older buildings are not. Hopefully the map's predictions will ring true in this instance and Chile will be spared the massive loss of human life that one might expect with an 8.8 quake.
I also find it intriguing that other prime urban areas prone to big quakes aren't on the map, namely Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. An oversight, or a bit of encouragement??
Friday, February 26, 2010
Family procession - Chobe, Botswana
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Verandah waiting to be filled with wedding guests - Casa Rosa
Love on the streets of Santa - Rio de Janeiro
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Drinking a nice red Zinfandel, the perfect companion to the cool temperatures and the rain pounding outside. I thought the sun was here definitively for the summer, but apparently that was wishful thinking. :)
Smelling piñon incense, my absolute favorite New Mexico scent.
Wondering why it always seems to rain on the days I have drawing class (and therefore have to lug around a giant easel full of paper while riding BART and walking the 8 blocks to school).
Wishing it were already spring break. I am starting to feel a bit burned out...but in a good way.
Avoiding working on my latest translation job for the World Bank. I've told myself that I will blog, then get to work.
Feeling the soreness in my hips and lower back from my workout yesterday. I am doing one personal training session per week, and my trainer Lisa totally kicks my ass...again, in a good way.
Dreaming about sunshine, cocktails on the beach, getting tan. Good thing we are going to Brazil in August for our cousin's wedding - I've already been told by several people that summer in the Bay may not meet my seasonal expectations given that I've been living the tropical, humid life for the last 8 years or so.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Making paper-thin rice flour wrappers for spring rolls - Can Tho, Vietnam
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
At our rehearsal dinner with Gaby, one of my bridesmaids - Rio de Janeiro
Government palace (frozen in time in the 60's) - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Nighttime spinning on a beach in Miami in my early 20's