Krymsk, Russia was destroyed by floods as they saw months of rain water come down on them in mere minutes, leaving at least 180 people dead. The Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. was in a state of emergency last week as 80-mph winds, torrential rains and heat swept through like a solar storm and parts of Colorado caught fire as a dry spell overcame the state.
In Russia, some witnesses said they saw a seven-meter wave fall from nearby mountains. Some fear the Neberdzhaevsky’s reservoir was released to relieve pressure, but the Neberdzhaevsky press team said, “Krymsk was flooded much earlier than the reservoir started draining excessive water.” Whatever the case may be—a failure on the part of the local government and the reservoir operators or Mother Nature—the amount of water that fell on Krymsk can be described as apocalyptic to say the least.
On the other side of the pond, the nation’s capitol was slammed by rain, wind and sweltering heat. At least 22 have been reported dead on the East Coast alone and heat waves are still expected throughout the much of the US. Overall, 46 deaths have been linked around the U.S. due to the heat wave. As of Monday, at least 8,000 people are still without power.
Ten thousand people have been displaced from their homes and over 190 homes have been incinerated due to the wild fires that occurred in parts of Utah and Colorado. According to CNN.com,
“Red flag warnings are in effect across portions of 10 states, meaning ‘a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.'”
I live in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the winds that came through last week were reminiscent of a small tornado (if that even exists). Trees fell on houses and cars, heat indexes remained well over 100 degrees with high humidity and millions of DC residents were left without power for days.
To have to go without power for a day or two is one thing, but a whole week is something else—especially when you’re dealing with the repeated failures of Pepco despite paying your bills. The storms were bad, but they weren’t tornadoes or hurricanes, so this really troubles me. What happens when a real disaster comes through? There is no way we will be prepared. And how is it that the nation’s capitol can’t even be responded to in a timely fashion?
Our energy systems, emergency response teams and infrastructure in the U.S. is crumbling and nobody in Congress wants to address these issues because they don’t have to deal with the burden of not having electricity. Whenever a disaster strikes, they’re the first ones to be saved. So why should they care about the taxpayers?
Let’s face it, we as humans are at the mercy of the earth. Any of these catastrophes can happen to any of us within a moment’s notice—it doesn’t matter where you live. It shows how powerful nature can be despite our desires to rule the world around us. A simple power line falling down on your way from work can change everything.
Despite sounding crazy, the world that we perceive outside of us is not independent of the world occurring inside of us. I can’t help but think if the worldwide revolutions, protests, enlightenment and protests have anything to do with how the Mother Earth is reacting. Could she be responding to our consciousness? Is she awakening too? These are some of the thoughts that whirl around my brain and may never be answered.
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