I’m praying Japanese I think I’m praying Japanese
As the rest of the world recently panicked over the devastating tandem of a 8.9 magnitude earthquake and 10m-high tsunami waves, Japan herself actually survived. Well, at least striving to. However, very clearly, the country’s rescue efforts are commendable at best.
In the news, the government deployed
50,000 100,000 men from the military to be of relief services. Not to mention, there are also seeping support the international community.
I have really got nothing to say more regarding how dreadful the situation is. But one thing is that Sendai, a city with a 1 million population, managed to stay strong. ~Only*~ almost thousand has been recorded dead, apart from the 10,000 missing—as of press time.
In a TIME article, the aftermath in Sendai is said to have become worse. As it could be in other countries (un)resting in the Ring of Fire. But history and maybe even God knows: Japan has got her hands on the wheel. Truth is, Japan could really be considered a “leader in disaster preparation.”
The push to be one was triggered in 1923 when Japanese soil suffered its first (recorded) horrid tremble at 7.9.
The earthquake shook Japan’s capital Tokyo and industrial city Yokohama, and left the cities totally hopeless. “The loss so profound, that Japan considered moving the capital.”
But, the article continues:
“Instead, they rebuilt — very carefully. Fire-prone, wood and brick buildings were replaced with six-story towers of concrete and steel. Motorways were built, a subway system planned and an airport erected.”
Japan indeed learned her lesson. Unmistakably, she’s a country where movies like 2012 could bizarrely happen.
The country went with updating its tsunami warning services with all aquatic sensors and stuff kept alive 24/7. It then required strict policies on infrastructures, implementing emergency drills and so on… Tokyo still literally intact.
“Of course, all the preparation in the world can’t stop the earth from trembling,” the TIME article concludes. “Still, whatever the extent of the death and destruction, it would be much worse if not for Japan’s hard-earned culture of preparedness.”
Locally, I don’t have much of an idea how logistically capable we are in handling heartbreaking calamities like these. (Last one I heard: Sen. Angara was pushing an “information campaign” for the public to know the before-during-after SOPS in disasters PLUS a “survival kit~”). Granted that the eastern provinces in the Philippines are spared, my prayers cascade towards Japan and other regions in this damned Pacific. Then again, ones prayers can only do so much.
Posted on March 13, 2011, in Nature, Politics and Sociology, Something Sciency and tagged architecture, calamities, earthquake, environment, Japan, Naoto Kan, pray for Japan, Sendai City, The Vapors, tsunami. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.