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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


There was a 6.5 earthquake reported in California this weekend and two days later an even bigger earthquake hit Haiti. Regardless where and when these earthquakes happen, we can be sure that devastation will follow. Our hearts go out to all the earthquake victims in Haiti.

The following historical photographs document the damages created by the past earthquakes.

Japan 1891
San Francisco (Calif.) 1906
Messina sicily, Italy 1908

Ching-hsien Wang, Office of Chief Information Technology


  1. This is great, Ching-Hsien! The earthquake in Haiti is devasating--and my heart goes out to everyone who is searching for their loved one there. I wonder if we have any photos of Haiti?

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