Haiti is still a mess from their massive earthquake. Here in Los Angeles we experienced an quake recently that was rather scary. It was one of those rolling quakes, lasting a good thirty seconds or so. Fortunately, no damage or loss of life.
This week, a terrible earthquake in China. So far: 1,700 dead, 12,088 injured, 312 missing.
Sunday, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with survivors in a mountainous Tibetan region where badly needed aid was finally arriving.
The Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to visit the quake site in Tibet. He has not returned to China since fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He was denied permission to visit after a 2008 China quake.
“To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said Saturday.
Somehow, I have a feeling the Chinese authorities won’t let him this time either. They have made it a crime in Tibet to even posses a photo of the Dalai Lama.
A letter from Tibetans in the quake zone requesting a visit from the Dalai Lama here.
The New York Times has an interesting article on how monks in Tibet are helping the quake effort here.