Stories about Disaster from February, 2013
Pakistan's Darkest Night On Social Media
A massive power breakdown rocked Pakistan at 11:45 pm on Sunday, 24 February 2013, plunging 70 percent of the country into darkness for 14 hours. People turned to humor on social media to make life easy during the blackout.
Evacuate the Children of Fukushima
Parents, residents and lawyers are taking to the streets demanding that their children by evacuated from Japan's Fukushima region, where they claim radiation levels continue to be high.
RuNet Skeptical About Chelyabinsk Meteorite
The tendency of the RuNet to amplify conspiracy theory explanations of any given event cannot be overestimated.
For Russia's Comics, it's Raining Meteors
Although the shock wave from the Chelyabinsk meteorite injured hundreds of people, RuNet users have been more eager than ever to crack jokes and spread memes.
Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa
Blog Globalizado [es], by Juan Arellano, Global Voices in Spanish editor, shares photos and videos in the aftermath of the heavy rains that have affected the city of Arequipa: […] city council of Arequipa declared 30-day period state of emergency [es]. However, the Regional Government nor the Provincial Council have resources...
Southern Brazil Marches in Memory of Nightclub Fire Victims
A week after more than 230 young people lost their lives in a horrific nightclub fire in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, thousands gathered across the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul to pay homage to the victims.
Solidarity Rises from Southern Brazil's Sunday Flames
One day after the tragic fire in the Kiss nightclub, in Santa Maria, which wiped away the lives of more than 230 young people, a siren went off at Vila Liberdade, in the north of Porto Alegre. 90 of the 150 houses were consumed by flames and around 800 people became homeless. The main social networking sites were used as a tool for the gathering of information about the incident, as well as a way of asking for help for the victims.
Historic ‘Tanka’ Poem Rises from Japan's Nuclear Ashes
Drawing from contemporary issues, a Japanese blogger writes an adaptation of a famous piece of tanka - a genre of Japanese poetry - originally published in 1957 by an avant-garde Japanese artist, Shuji Terayama. What will you hear in this piece which has been re-created more than half a century after its original?
Elmo, Domo and Pikachu Bring Smiles to Japan
“Project: Holding hands” (Teo Tsunago Daisakusen) [ja, en] is an art project that uses iconic children's characters to bring smiles to the people of Japan, especially children following the 2011 earthquake.
Mexico: Testimonies from the Blast at Pemex Headquarters
Blogger Sopitas published a post [es] where he collects testimonies of people who had a first-hand experience of the blast that happened on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Pemex headquarters in Mexico City. The stories help us to understand the tragedy.
Mexico: Shock and Speculation after Blast in Pemex Headquarters
At least 14 people died and 80 are injured are up until now, the result of a strong blast that shook the state-owned company Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) on Thursday January 31st, 2013 in Mexico City. Here we gathered some netizens' reactions.