Posted by: COSI | February 23, 2011

Tragedy Brings The World Home To Columbus

One of the rewarding elements of the science center field is the close and international nature of the field. I have the pleasure of serving on the board of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) with colleagues from Belgium, Australia, and Canada to name a few countries that colleagues have hailed from who have become friends.

New Zealand Earthquake Image

The Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The 6.3-magnitude quake hit at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing at least 65 people in one of the country's worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Wethey)

That is why the current tragedy of the earthquake in New Zealand has become personal and distressing.

A dear friend who has visited COSI in the past who formerly ran the science center in Christchurch is among the missing. Facebook has served as the way to connect to other friends there and fortunately have them report back that they are safe. But just read on Brian’s site a posting that the building he worked in was one of those collapsed and he has not been seen or found since the quake.

I’m hoping a positive posting comes along–I can see the power of what social networking can do in these types of events but it also makes them all so personal.  We’ve seen that so dramatically in the Middle East, but now it has become a very personal worldwide communication tool. I can only hope against the current postings that Brian is somehow ok across the world in NZ.

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Responses

  1. Sadly it is clear that my friend was a victim of this sudden tragedy. It makes the earthquake and tsunami loss of life and damage more personal now once you’ve had someone close to you halfway around the world killed in a natural disaster.

    Times like this remind me as to how short a timespan humans have had on this planet and how much more powerful the forces of nature are than anything we’ve created.


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