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kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 27, 2015
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-Kathmandu, Nepal, April 23rd, Thursday Morning

This week's news-post is going to focus on non-comic related current world events.

As a world traveler, I have been to many places and met many other fellow travelers along the way. One of the benefits of keeping in touch with friends abroad is that I get to see some sights I have never experienced in person through photographs that I receive.

Last week, two very close friends of mine were traveling in Kathmandu, Nepal, and my email inbox was getting flooded with photographs of Buddhist temples with painted eyes and several coloured flags. There were pictures of their hotel room, restaurants, and photographs of the local monks wandering around the street. On Saturday morning, news of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake was reflected on every news source. My friends had fortunately traveled out of Nepal to their next destination two days earlier on Thursday evening. I wish I could say the same thing for the 3,200 (as of Sunday evening) reported dead from the initial earthquake and its aftershocks.

Nepal is one of the countries that my friends visit to lend a helping hand in volunteerism while seeking spiritual enlightenment in their temples or by taking on Mt. Everest. I am sure we have a few adventurous webcomic creators here on Drunk Duck that have traveled to Nepal. Good hopes and positive thoughts go out to anyone in our community who has family or friends directly affected by last weekend's Nepal earthquake.

Earthquakes are an all too familiar topic of concern for me after having lived in Los Angeles for eight years. Southern California is no stranger to earthquakes and the largest one I had experienced was a 7.6 magnitude in 2007. New Zealand experienced a major earthquake in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. Earthquakes can happen with very little advanced warning, so if you live in an earthquake-prone region, maintain an emergency water supply, re-enforce your building's foundation, or consider relocating to a different region.

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Banes at 5:54PM, April 27, 2015

What a massive catastrophe this is. I have friends in Japan so feared greatly for them during the nuclear silo crisis. That's a gorgeous image there, kawaii.

tupapayon at 12:12PM, April 27, 2015

Natural disasters are not funny… but they show us how weak we are, and how strong we can be… isn't that funny?…

fallopiancrusader at 6:27AM, April 27, 2015

Wow, that's Buddhanath Stupa. I did a few watercolor paintings of it when I was in Kathmandu years ago. It's pretty tough to escape from the threat of natural disasters. Half of my family lives in the Philippines, and when Typhoon Hagupit hit there, it took weeks before I could ascertain that all had survived. Even here in comfy New York city, Hurricane Sandy shut us down for a week. It was spooky riding my bike through a silent and pitch-black Manhattan at night.

KimLuster at 4:44AM, April 27, 2015

I hope I get the chance to visit more of the world in the future. I've been to Mexico and several European countries (Spain, I love you...) but I'm gonna cry if I don't get to visit the Far East relatively soon! Earthquakes... I've never been one but I dance with Tornadoes and the occasional Hurricane several times a year!!

ozoneocean at 2:26AM, April 27, 2015

Come to Australia; zero big earthquakes here. ...of course there's not much water, either, a bad government, and lots of venomous creatures, buuuuut no earthquakes, volcanoes, or tornadoes.


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