Everyone must know by now the terrible disaster thats struck Japan. The island country is currently facing casualties from two natural calamities: a massive earthquake measuring 8.9 and a tsunami who’s waves scaled around 33 ft. This terrible event struck the mainly agrarian and fishing community habitat of north-east Japan at 0546 GMT (1446 local time). Till now, the government confirmed death toll is 29 but locals fear it may be much more. The number of missing people is yet unknown although it is expected to be high.
A major airport and an oil refinery plant have been destroyed. All nuclear plants have been shut down. Japanese news reporting agency, NHK has been showing massive cracks in pavement, extensive external building damage in Sendai. A tsunami warning has been issued to the Philippines, Hawaii, the Pacific coast of Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Central and South America and also the entire US west coast.
Such an intense calamity hasn’t struck the Pacific region in many years and has caught the countries in the vicinity unawares although they are initiating immediate action. Britain’s Foreign Office has now set up a help line for anyone in the UK worried about friends or relatives in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami: 020 7008 0000.
The disturbing graphics from live news seem unreal and cinematic. Where should the people go when nowhere is safe? My heart goes out to the people of Japan and their friends and families. I find it so ironic that at one place there is such devastation and destruction and at the same time there is joy and happiness in my family on account of the birth of a baby cousin.
We often underestimate the prowess of nature, but as we can see, the results are disastrous. Let us pray and hope for the victims trapped in such a calamity. It is the very least we can do…