on japan

What happened in Japan was the worst disaster I have ever seen and heard in my life. An earthquake followed by aftershocks with magnitudes comparable to major earthquakes (a magnitude 6 earthquake marked as an “aftershock” – can you imagine?), a tsunami that swept through the Pacific and reached the coast of California, a possible nuclear meltdown in one of its power plants, and fatalities possibly in the thousands.

The earthquake was so strong that it moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet and shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches.

I can still remember how terrified I was when I realized that wishing the tsunami away wouldn’t do any good because it was already on its way, it was only a matter of time. At least 20 countries were warned and monitored the wave as it approached, like victims bracing for impact.

Thankfully it didn’t do damage in the Philippines.

Thankfully it didn’t happen in the Philippines, or we wouldn’t have survived it. We are so ill-equipped, so ill-prepared, and so stubborn.(Remember the concerns raised after the tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004? When Ondoy came years later we still didn’t have enough rubber boats to rescue stranded citizens. Jesus Christ.)

Thankfully we didn’t revive the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. One earthquake, and we’d surely be covered not only with rubble but also with radioactive fallout.

I’ve always been against nuclear energy -just so many risks, and where will we stash the waste? – but I didn’t wish to be validated in this way.

Nature operates on the principles of balance and cycle and order – it does not operate on morality. It doesn’t happen to you because you’re evil, it does not not happen to you because you’re good. That’s why to die or suffer from nature’s effects is so painful, because you are not taken into consideration, because you cannot blame anyone, because you cannot ask for mercy.

But I do so fervently hope nature would spare us and allow people to rebuild in peace.

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