To be a cynic is nothing to brag of – perhaps half of us are cynical and it’s not a pleasant character trait. Let’s call it distrustful.
The downside of that is what the other half call our propensity to see conspiracies in everything but we’d call it “everything having its root cause”.
There’s a reason your not so humble blogger is like that – it was my job to be so in RL and I wouldn’t have been much use had I been otherwise. It was my job to sniff a tall story or see dots which connected or were said to connect and didn’t.
Far from believing everything anyone says, any head teacher would agree that one starts by believing nothing and working one’s way up form there, case by case. “Vouched for” also only goes so far and a sound thinker can develop eccentricities.
Environmental policies can affect them over a long period of time. Huge population increase is most certainly a factor, with a rising proportion [difficult to pin down] of vehicle ownership per capita resulting in change and the effect of income on that [the CFR can be useful, after all] also being a factor.
Tsunamis can occur at any time of year and are dependent on other factors, such as earthquakes. The Philippines and China feature in most projected zones in the literature, Indonesia less so and yet this where most damage has occurred recently. A summary here gives the reasons, including the Australia/Pacific plate.
Samoa was out of the blue and yet is in the region of instability:
The quake occurred on the outer rise of the Kermadec-Tonga Subduction Zone where the Pacific Plate dives under the Australian Plate. This is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates in the earth’s lithosphere meet and earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.
All I’m going to say is that there is an awful lot of activity in recent years and an awful lot of emotive reporting, in what I’d call an adjective-rich format. Very handy for emergency services to conduct widescale practice drills to handle the human fallout.