There was an 8.8 earthquake in Chile over the weekend. An 8.8! I live in “earthquake country” and that is HUGE! In January, there was a big earthquake in Haiti; a 7.0 that caused incredible damage. The one in Chile was 1.8 higher on the Richter scale than the one in Haiti. A 7.0 is classified as a “major” earthquake (32 megatons of seismic energy), while an 8.8 is classified a “great” earthquake (15.8 gigatons of seismic energy). An 8.8 is scary.
So, these are my questions…
Where is the day and night news coverage of the devastation? Where are the hoards of people helping with the rescue efforts of those trapped and missing? Where is George Clooney and the rest of Hollywood raising money for the relief efforts?
I do understand that Chile was better prepared for an earthquake than Haiti was and that Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. Haiti’s destruction and death toll is horrific, and I’m not making light of it. However, my point is that I was hard pressed to find out information on the 8.8 in Chile after it occurred without digging around online. Other than the regular evening news (after the “Stormwatch” for our incoming rainstorm), there wasn’t any coverage. Even the news channels continued with their regular programming without interrupting for information.
Why is it media coverage is so overwhelming with some news and virtually nonexistent for other news? I know that they can not possibly cover every newsworthy event on the planet, but it would be nice if the media’s coverage was more even.
OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now.