Below are three articles that kept me still for at least 20 minutes – a difficult challenge for my restless mind. If you have the time, these stories are all well-worth the read.
1. NZealand’s Slow Quake Recovery Shows Rich Struggle (Associated Press)
Twelve Toyama students, including my town’s newly retired high school principal, were killed in the Christchurch quake two years ago. The New Zealand quake was the first time I felt personally connected to a natural disaster; and I still can’t fathom the destruction that came to Japan a few months later on March 11, 2011. Here, the AP’s Rod McGuirk shows how bureaucracy can slow relief aid, even in wealthy countries like New Zealand and Japan.
2. Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden (Outside Magazine)
Henry Shukman journeyed inside Ukraine’s no man’s land, 25 years after a reactor in the Chernobyl power station blew up, leaking radiation up to 10 times more than what was released in Hiroshima
What the skylines of Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, and more would look like under Montana’s stars — beautiful and eerie.