At the end of my last post, a post that attempted to share facts, as opposed to beliefs, about the science of earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural catastrophes, I concluded with the exclamation “Enjoy!”. I’ve been reading about the after-effects of this horrible catastrophe, and realize that asking someone to enjoy even that kind of intellectual scrutiny was severely inappropriate, so I take it back.
Estimates are that at least 10,000 people may have died, not from the original earthquake (Japan is probably one of the most well prepared countries for earthquakes, so even 5 minutes of 8.9 shaking didn’t really faze it) but from the resultant tsunami that came about 5 minutes after. Whole towns simply disappeared, along with the inhabitants. Thousands of bodies are washing up on shore, having been dragged out to sea by the receding wave. The nuclear power plants may not survive the stress, and the personal stories are devastating and overwhelming.
No. There’s nothing to enjoy here.