The photos and videos from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami are just overwhelming. (Surely I do not need to add any to this post.) That the quake lasted minutes instead of seconds is so unusual, but the Japanese built well in preparation. It was the unrelenting tsunami that destroyed so much. Rolling through the land with enormous power and strength, pushing everything out of its way. That anyone survived is amazing; that so many have survived is miraculous. Will all the bodies be recovered? How will officials know if some are still missing after a few more days? How can they tell? It is just too horrific a scene, so extensive the destruction.
The Japanese people seem entirely capable of doing what must be done. They are not frantic, because they have been through earthquakes before. The water may have stunned them, but they have a plan. Rescue and recovery began immediately upon the cessation of the water onslaught. Cleaning up will come later. They will efficiently distribute all aid that comes to them.
Where will all the debris go? How will they bury so many? <sighhhh> How does any country deal with such catastrophic events? Slowly, of course, but the aftermath and memories cannot be swept aside easily. The task becomes focusing on saving and healing first, then cleaning up and rebuilding.
It is good to know that other countries immediately jump into action to provide help and aid when these terrible events occur. Yet, a poor country, like Haiti, does not have the wherewithall to effectively deal with the ruin and recover; they only suffer more from resulting disease. The devastation of Haiti, et al is followed by chaos and the inability to organize or to handle the aid that is waiting nearby. So very sad.
Japan will accept and utilize all the help it needs. Once the pain and horror subside, the people will proudly recover with stoic determination. Such is their ilk. Our condolences, prayers, and praise go out to them. Please donate if you can.
We can only hope that no more of Japan’s 55 nuclear power plants are affected. That an island country on a fault-line/teutonic plate has so much dangerous nuclear potential is difficult to comprehend. Perhaps when the rebuilding begins they will turn to other energy sources.