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Robert Hardman in the Daily Mail writes:
Of course, the modern world is better
equipped than the ancients to survive these cataclysmic disasters.
We have stronger buildings, better communications and international
aid agencies to help the recovery process. But older societies had
a more realistic sense of their place in the world.
Which would you rather have? A more realistic sense of your
place in the world -- or your life? The remarkable thing about the
Japanese earthquake and tsunami is how many more they would have
killed if Japan had still been a poor country.
The biggest natural killers of the last decade -- Haiti's
earthquake, Burma's cyclone and Sumatra's tsunami -- were all far,
far more lethal because they struck poor countries.
Here is a reminder. (hat tip Real Science)