• January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 230,000 it is one of the deadliest on record.

• January 25 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.

• February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.

• April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia.

• April 13 – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.

• April 14 – Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.

• May 12 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.

• May 22 – Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors

• July 29 – Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.

• October 13 – Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.

• November 4 – Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.


Months survived: March, June, August and September.

I wonder if it’s pain and hurt, or anger, disgust, frustration? Yes, every single event can be explained technically and scientifically down to the tiniest detail, but I think we need to reflect on this. The repeated occurrence, the distance from your bed, the dimension of death.. and the odds.

Earth has no mercy. It is loving at some places, and full of hate at other places. What captures me the most is the injustice of earth, it gives in places it should deprive and deprives in places it should give the most. Now how does the system work? Survival of the fittest? Is the energy of the earth located at certain points? Do I have the guts to fly in planes when I know I could soon be a corpse at the bottom of some ocean with people wearing black sitting in the cold basement of some church paying their condolences? It honestly feels like the end is near, although there is a lot of space and I believe time for things to get indefinitely worse.

I’m thinking – maybe – we’re getting too heavy, imagine someone carrying billions of people on his back, the earth must be tired, and maybe she is letting some people fall of its sides so it could carry the rest more properly. Except why does she choose these people to let go of. What is the criteria? Does the earth play with the concept of favoritism? Does the earth just ‘play’? It’s a little child, do consider that she’s just playing around, maybe she hasn’t matured yet, maybe she’s sick of our expectations and maybe – I believe – she doesn’t care anymore. She does not pick and choose, she just lets go, and it only happened that these people were unlucky. Define Luck for me.

I wonder if we should read more into this, or if this is one of the things we should not read into at all for fear of losing sanity or good sight. Now sanity I can give up, but good sight no, not yet. You might think they’re positively connected but on the contrary, it’s an inverse relationship.

I still search for my madhouse, where all things are clear and I am King.