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An earthquake (also known as a tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of geological faults, but also by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear experiments. Tectonic earthquakes will occur anywhere within the earth where there is sufficient stored elastic strain energy to drive fracture propagation along a fault plane. In geology, a fault or fault line is a planar fracture in rock in which the rock on one side of the fracture has moved with respect to the rock on the other side. Large faults within the Earth's crust are the result of differential or shear motion and active fault zones are the causal locations of most earthquakes.

Earthquakes can happen almost anywhere in the world, but most of the world's earthquakes (90%, and 81% of the largest) take place in the 40,000-km-long, horseshoe-shaped zone called the circum-Pacific seismic belt, also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, which for the most part bounds the Pacific Plate. Caribbean, where Haiti is located, belong to this Ring of Fire.

Earthquakes are not a punishment from God, they are simply a natural phenomenon although sometimes caused by mankind.

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The other day the BBC ran an article on what they referred to as Sham Marriages which irritated me anyway, I don't care why people get married and i hate the pretence that marriage has always and forever been about love and reports like this totally stir up racism and anti immigration sentiment. But the thing that really made me angry about the report was there was no discussion of the woman's position in the transaction. One of the woman in the linked clip is a Roma woman who speaks no English and sure as hell does not look happy about the situation. Apparently most of the women involved are Eastern European and speak no or little English. The transactions are made between the men and the men organising are given the money not the woman. Seriously? can anybody say "people trafficking"? because it appears the BBC don't recognise it when they see it
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A woman is sterilised against her will

I love Womanist Musings but some of the comments are head bang inducing.


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