Still, it is hard to replace our instinctive empathy for our fellow pink apes with nothing but dispassionate rationality, so Verdant Hopes wishes those who survived a happy recovery from their injuries etc. When their minds are clear again they will owe it to themselves to think about cause and effect -- why did those earthquakes come, and why did they do such terrible damage.
Now the verdict is in. As the damage caused by our raping greed and lack of empathy with the planet gows and compounds, the number of earthquakes, tsunamis, mudslides and volcanic eruptions increases in step.
So let us by imbued with sympathy for our Kiwi cousins. But it also needs to be made clear to them that we reap what we sow.
UPDATE: The following graphs make the connection absolute. The first is the increase in earthquakes.
And this one shows temperature increases: