I have kept pretty mute on the whole awful disaster in Japan, though I feel so much sympathy for all the people suffering from the double whammy of the natural disasters they have suffered. The magnitude of the earthquake was just amazing and then the horrible tsunami that followed was just devastating. One thing that has impressed me is the Japanese people themselves and how with there being no government programs like we have here in America where we end up making people become dependent on the government, these people depend on themselves and each other. There has been no looting and rioting in the streets as “they” (the populace) wait for the nanny government to come help them.
God Bless these people at this trying time. I wish them the best. I wonder what will be the final number of casualties, I can’t imagine any less than 10,000 lives lost to this terrible catastrophe. It is now snowing and obviously freezing. So the people lost under the rubble and even just surviving on the streets have that to contend with. It is a horrible situation and I hope the aid sent through the Red Cross and other charities gets where it’s meant and needed not like the Haiti debacle where we still don’t and can’t account for the donated money.
I’ve heard through the news that the roads to the coast where the worst damage is are in such bad shape that that is the problem, they can’t get through to get the aid to the people who need the most help. What an untenable situation. The aid, ie. food, water, first aid is there, they just can’t get it to the areas where it is needed. What a shame. So people are dying of exposure, of thirst, etc., just out of reach. Let us pray for them all.
As if all of this isn’t bad enough, then we have to add the Nuclear meltdowns on top of it. This you can hear varying degrees of severity every minute…it all depends on who you believe. Personally, I believe no one. When has anyone ever told us the truth? If I was anywhere near Japan I would get the hell out. I’m sorry, but in the future when they finally realize that they were wrong, and the radiation was worse than they said, no one can help you. I’d rather err on the side of caution, than the other way. I would like to know how they have come up with the arbitrary measurement of 15 miles as a safe distance to be. Whoever came up with that, I’d like to ask where their family is, I’m sure it isn’t right at that 15 mile marker. I will say that those brave people who are still working in the nuclear plants are true heroes!
What’s funny is after this disaster, now everyone in California is worried about their lives… Where have they been all these years? Did they not realize they were living on a powder keg all along? My whole life I’ve been aware of not IF but WHEN California has a major earthquake and with that all kind of disasters come along with that. This has been an eyeopener for everyone, but did not the people on the West Coast of America realize when the “Big One” hit, it would effect ALL the buildings, including their nuclear facilities? I guess people like to live with their heads in the sand, not facing reality.
The people on the West Coast of America are also concerned about tsunamis since this happened. I am no expert, but the word originated in Japan, I don’t think the chance of a tsunami is going to happen anymore today or tomorrow than it was yesterday. Worrying isn’t going to help. If its an earthquake along the San Andreas fault line, no there will not be a tsunami, if it’s the big one in the water on the Cascadia Zone Fault line that’s a horse of a different color…yes, that could cause a tsunami. And if it does it will be a big one. Only time will tell.
People on the West Coast are worried about the radiation blowing across the Pacific from Japan to them, contaminating the air. ?The numbers are elevated in Japan. We here in the States do not have to worry. By the time the radiation has dispersed into the atmosphere and blown here it is so diluted it is not high enough to worry about. Do not run out and get potassium tablets. They can be dangerous and you don’t need them. If you were in Japan I would be concerned, but not here in America.
The President is speaking now and we have evacuated Americans within a 50 mile radius of the Nuclear plants saying it was figured out with close scientific scrutiny. He says no one in the Pacific Northwest of America will be affected by the radiation from Japan. We are helping on the ground in Japan on the recovery process. We are helping with the nuclear plants with technology, people and supplies. He is sure our close ally will rebuild.
I wish the Japanese people the best through this trying time.
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 3/2011