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Imagine a force so powerful that it actually alters time. Sadly, the citizens of Chile do not have to imagine, they lived it. On February 27, 2010, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Chile—the seventh strongest earthquake ever recorded in history. The strength of the quake was so intense that seismologists from NASA say it shifted the Earth’s axis eight centimeters and shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds.

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Long before the disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Caribbean Island ‘s population was battling a devastating health epidemic. For decades, the people of Haiti have fallen victim to often lethal diseases and infections: HIV/AIDS, malaria, meningitis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and cholera— just to name a few.

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By Anna, age 15 

During times of natural disaster and devastation we often find ourselves mourning the loss of our homes and loved ones. Such times touch the lives of others and make us appreciate the people we are surrounded by and gifts that God has granted us. So take a look around and cherish the moments, scenery, and people you care about--beauty can be found in most everyday places.

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