I went surfing after work on Friday, March 11, 2011 with thoughts of the massive earthquake and Tsunami that just hit the north-east coast of Japan. It took me a lot longer than usual to paddle out because of the frequency of the waves crashing on me and pushing me around. I was pretty tired once I finally made it past the break.
As I sat there catching my breath, I thought about Tsunamis and how easily the water from that Tsunami took control over so many people’s lives with little warning. There was nothing that many of those people could have done to survive, except to hope that they make it through. Nature’s power can be so massive and sometimes despite our best effort we cannot hope match the power it can conjure up.
We see time and time again smaller, less prepared and/or poorer countries get leveled by hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters. Watching a country like Japan get hit by this kind of destruction makes you realize you can prepare and have the best resources technologically available to you and still take a beating from nature.
I think some of the latest estimates say there is more than a 1,000 confirmed deaths and that number could possibly rise to about 11,000 when this is all over. I don’t want to make light of this, but to compare this in Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan on September 1, 1923 there was an 8.3 magnitude quake that produced an 11 meter (36 foot) Tsunami that killed about 143,000 people. It seems Japan has come a long way since the days of the 1923 earthquake.
Still, many people in Japan are left homeless and possibly stranded after the destruction. The country is badly damaged including many roads, at least one airport, as well as their communication infrastructure. The Japanese people are also facing 6 nuclear reactors that have gone off-line because of losing their cooling systems and one is on verge of a possible meltdown.
There will be many charities that will pop up as usual asking to find it in our hearts to donate aid to the country of Japan. If you decide to give, which I hope many of you do, please make sure the charity is legit. Two trustworthy charities are Mercy Corps and the Red Cross.
Tsunami hits Japan in March 2011.
Japan reactor meltdown is probable.
Japanese Television Station with footage of the Disaster
Santa Cruz, CA harbor on the west coast of the USA getting hit by the after affects of the earthquake.