Originally posted by @duchess64
"Regarding allocating resources, it's much harder to get enough of the required members of
a government body to vote one specific way, than it is for a dictatorship to demand something>"
--Vivify (to Finnegan)
It's true that a dictatorship can apply more power to *coerce* people into doing or at least
complying with something that's *unpopular*. ...[text shortened]... ould do about as much
as a Communist dictatorship, with general public support, for hurricanes.
China's situated between two vast geological faults--the Pacific Rim and the Himalayas--
and has a terrible history of earthquakes.
Obsessed with earthquake preparation, in the 1970s Chinese scientists (naively) hoped that they
could learn to predict earthquakes. (As of today, there's still no reliable method of earthquake prediction).
So China's government mobilized the public to help its scientists. Across China, millions (perhaps)
of volunteers (including many students) spent time collecting seismic data to be analyzed.
(This was in a pre-internet era when people could not just send data to a scientific website.)
The greatest success came with the 1975 earthquake in Haicheng.
"Early in the morning of February 4, 1975, Chinese officials ordered that the city of Haicheng
be evacuated, believing there to be a large chance of an earthquake occurring. ...
Though this particular prediction of the earthquake was initially believed to be just the
latest in a recent string of false alarms that had occurred in the preceding months ...
the evacuation of Haicheng proceeded anyway and eventually paid off. ...
The evacuation, despite successfully evacuating most of Haicheng's population, did
not prevent deaths in its entirety. When the main quake struck at 7:36 pm, 2,041 people died,
over 27,000 were injured and thousands of buildings collapsed. However, the death toll
was much lower than the estimate of over 150,000 dead which is believed to have resulted
if the evacuation had not taken place. *This was the only successful evacuation of a
potentially affected population before a devastating earthquake in history.*"
Unfortunately, scientists failed to predict the 1976 earthquake that destroyed Tangshan.
If China had a democratic government, then would the evacuation of Haicheng have taken place?