From the University of Florida’s Anthropology Department comes this article: Estimating the Ripple Effect of a Disaster. A related essay at Slate says,

“According to their estimates, essentially all Americans — more than 80 percent of them — know someone who knows someone. We are all mourners at the second degree.”

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