China’s Unspeakable Disaster

The word is that 12,000 are confirmed dead and thousands more remain missing after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake roiled central China. The death toll could rise as high as 30,000 once all are accounted for.

This is the second massive tragedy in Asia in a little over a week’s time. While there are obvious lessons about on spreading electronics manufacturing around — much like the semiconductor houses do — so as to avoid Mother Nature’s inevitable wrath, or to avoid putting massive dams on top of Asia’s largest fault line, now is not the time to moralize. We hope any affected family members of our readers are safe and well.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

One thought on “China’s Unspeakable Disaster

  1. I think and strongly beleive that this is just a start for what is going to happen, with major envorimental issue and people problems. ITS JUST THE BEGINING

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