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The last few years have been like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie, what with earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes occurring round the world and in terms of reality make the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” look pale in comparison (or rather too realistic).  I am sure many will agree that these events has been observed with increasing unease.  The 2004 Boxing Day quake and tsunami shook the world in many ways.  The Haitian and Chilean earthquakes followed and again we watched with horror at the total devastation that occurred, unable to believe that such terrifying events could occur outside of the blockbuster movies.

Then just recently Pakistan and then Australia were hammered by devastating floods and following close on the heels was the New Zealand earthquake.  I was reminded of a blog post I read a few months ago via my wordpress friend Thomas (click here to read the article) wherein the Indian Scientist concerned linked the beaching of whales and dolphins to seismic activity beneath the waves.

If you look at the happenings around the world, his theories certainly hold water. The number of whale and dolphin beachings that occured recently seem to add weight to his theories. Then the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami occured and once again we were left horrified at the scenes that unfolded before our eyes. Watching all of this has left me wondering why we think we can in any way even begin to think that we ‘control’ nature.  There is little control at all.

I think we are often lulled into a false sense of security by benign weather, long lazy days of sunshine and balmy winds and then all hell breaks lose and we are tossed about like so much flotsam and jetsam…..absolutely no control at all.  Somehow it reduces all our daily issues and makes them totally inconsequential in the face of the fury that gets unleashed.  What does it matter that the tube is late, or the price of fuel has gone up, or whatever issues we face in our daily lives when you see the pain and despair of people who have lost loved ones in the blink of an eye.  We get so involved in our own little worlds and it takes something like these natural disasters to shake us out of our reverie.  Petty arguments seem ridiculous when you realise that thousands of people woke that day, went about their daily business and hours later they were no more.

On March 19, 2011 the Moon will pass by Earth at a distance of 356,577 kilometers (221,567 miles) – the closest pass in 18 years and according to some experts in their field, this will cause an increase in natural disasters.  There is a lot of ‘scientific’ speak on the websites I have read that makes no sense to me whatsoever, but nevertheless, it doesn’t sound good.   I just watched a video on youtube that has sent the heepy creepies up my spine!!! I am not sure if I am terrified or excited.  Is this the end of the world?  According to our interpretation of the Mayan predictions the world is meant to end in 2012…… will it?  Eek! I hope not.

Here is the video:

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