Monday, March 14, 2011

Japanese Tsunami & Earthquake

The Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami has been on everyone's mind lately. Including mine. It was a record setting 8.9 earthquake for Japan, with aftershocks in the 7.0+ range. A 7.0 is already a major earthquake itself. The news coverage of it was surreal. It looked like Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich disaster movies (they did Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) do. People, vehicles, and buildings were swept up in waves like they were toys. The region of Japan affected looked like the imagery of Japan at the end of World War II. The unstable nuclear plants are the worst part. The government has people in areas with the unstable plants taking Potassium Iodide or something and warn people to stay at home as much as possible. It's understandable why people are suddenly trying to flee towards the southern regions of the country. Aside from the government of Japan denying the actions of Japan in World War II in textbooks (politics), Japan is a country with wonderfully kind people. They don't deserve to suffer like they are right now. Luckily, all of my friends that are from Japan live in areas that were either unaffected or minimally affected. However, the third largest economy in the world is suffering right now and everyone will eventually feel the effects if not enough is done to help them.

The upheaval in the Middle East has also been an important story in the world recently. It's unfortunate that many of the dictators in the region used media attention shifting to Japan to punish their people violently for their desire to have freedoms that they should have had anyways.

We need to "Heal the World", like Michael Jackson said, in so many ways. I'm at least glad to know that people are finally starting to wake up and realize the responsibilities of having a deeply interconnected world.

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