The Force of Nature and the Tragedies
On March 11, 2011 one of the strongest earthquakes of the last century happened in Japan. The nation was ravaged by a brutal 9 magnitude (on the Richter scale) earthquake, followed by a tsunami with waves of 10 meters high and then a nuclear crisis in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that brought back memories of the shocking tragedy of Chernobyl.
On the other hand, drought and famine were the scenes in African regions such us Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and the Horn of Africa faced.
In the city of Joplin, Missouri (USA), a tornado was considered the deadliest natural phenomenon in the area over the past 60 years. The death toll reached 125 and there were thousands of wounded.
An earthquake of 5.2 jolted on May in Lorca (Spain). The event left a dozen dead and at least 20,000 people spent the night outside their homes fearing the aftershocks.
The Economy of the Big Wobble
In the U.S. the Dow Jones and the German Dax had historical falls.
In Spain, the Socialist Party was punished by the citizens because of mishandling the crisis and they prefered to name the Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy as their new president due to his economic proposal.
The “Outraged” Year
In Santiago de Chile, Madrid, Bogota, New York, Washington, Seattle, Boston, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, thousands of young people raised their voices in protest of what they see as corruption, lack of public education and mishandling of the economic crisis.
Presidents and their Health Issues
During 2011 three Latin American presidents were diagnosed with cancer: Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Cristina Fernandez (Argentina) and Ignacio Lula da Silva (Brazil). Lula da Silva and Hugo Chavez underwent chemotherapy treatments.