Disaster diplomacy governs who gets help after catastrophic events around the world

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Recent emergencies in the Asia Pacific show countries respond to disasters in line with their existing political alliances. This pattern is called "disaster diplomacy," according to an expert who spoke with Business Insider. Disaster diplomacy was evident after Taiwan's earthquake and during the Maldives' state of emergency, as leaders made nuanced overtures in search of help from India, China, and Japan.

Most people were in bed when they felt it.

Shortly before midnight on February 6, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake tore through the city of Hualien, Taiwan. Buildings shook, roads ripped up, and many people escaped onto the streets.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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