Why does Indonesia get kicked around so much by Natural Disasters?

It feels like they can’t win for losing.

They had a landslide that killed 15 people on New Years Eve.

On average, a natural disaster has occurred in Indonesia every year since the 2004 tsunami, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and climate change fueled events.

It’s so unfair.  I know they are sitting in a hotbed of earth movement, add in climate change and bad infrastructure and you just can’t find a good outcome.

What is amazing is how they just keep trucking.  It gives me hope that we can all manage the future of climate change causing too many natural disasters.  Humans are resilient.

But that’s just a simplification.  Many aren’t trucking along.  Many are drowning in the consequences of the disaster, without sufficient help.

And in a future world where everyone is experiencing a disaster, will we be able to step up and help each other?  Now we all chip in and send aid.  But at what point does that implode under the weight of the need vs those who can support it?

I wonder how we will respond to the new world of constant upheaval?  Will we be our best selves or our most selfish selves?  I hope we will be our best.  I hope we will always be a community in local and a helping hand globally.

But it’s impossible to tell.  We ought, at minimum, to setting up infrastructure standards that will support the inevitable natural disaster that will hit all of us.  Soon it won’t just be those poor people in Indonesia.  It will be everyone, regardless of the geo-active area we live in.


4 thoughts on “Why does Indonesia get kicked around so much by Natural Disasters?

  1. That whole part of the world has been hammered hard. In Japan they summed up the year 2018 with a single character 災 which means disaster. Snowstorms, heat that killed hundreds, earth quakes, landslides, inanely heavy rain… They didn’t a tsunami but they got hit by everything else it seems.

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  2. Goodness. I didn’t know that.
    It’s learning things like that makes me grateful to live in Mild and Boring Cincinnati. We have more than 10 inches of snow at a time maybe every 20 years and normally get less than an inch at a time. We have a tornado every 15 to 20. Maybe longer. The river floods every year but because we know that there is usually sufficient infrastructure to manage it in populated areas. I mostly don’t worry that my life is going to go off the rails because Nature went nuts.


  3. It’s terrible that so many disasters are happening one place after another especially since it’s natural disasters have been increasing each year but in the Bible it says in Revelation 21:4 “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Meaning that God will wipe away all the things giving us trouble and heartache and if we believe in this promise we can trust that we will have a better future.


    1. Which is not a sentiment that helps those who are currently suffering and calls into question why a God who has the ability to wipe out suffering, hasn’t done it millennia ago. Indeed, it makes one question if it’s actually a God of Love or just a God of Indifference and/or Sadism.


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