Earthquake

The earthquake in Peru was more devastating than I feared when I read the newsflash early this morning. Nearly 340 people have died and 827 have been injured. Thankfully the tsunami warning proved a false alarm.

In one of those moments that makes me question the universe, more than 200 people were killed when a church collapsed during a religious service.

Catholicgauze has a post up with a US Geological Service map of the quake and how it affected the region.

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  1. bill

    Something similar happened after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Many of those killed were attending church services at the time (it was All Saints’ Day).

    Many of Europe’s intellectuals lost faith in the concept of divine providence, if not in the idea of God itself as a result. Such random misfortune was one of the key events in the development and growth of the Enlightenment (an irony the philosophers of the time generally missed). That said, it all stimulated proper, scientific attempts to understand the geological phenomena behind earthquakes.

    The best known treatment of this is Voltaire’s Candide, his attack on the idea that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

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