Thunderfoot is right: Japan HAD prepared for earthquakes.
They lead the world in practical applications of the principles science discovers on how to build in earthquake zones. If this natural disaster had struck in a less technological and science-focused country, the death toll would be several magnitudes larger.
Which does not mean that it is somehow ‘negligable’, or that the human suffering the people of Japan, in Japan, their families and friends are experiencing is in any way less worthy of our help!
Just to drive the point home….
When I first started blogging, I came across a blog by a guy named Robert Evans. He was an Anglo (don’t know which English-speaking country he came from) who went to Japan to teach English for a year – then two, then three…. He fell in love with the country, the language, the people.
In fact, he was a budding writer who had oodles of potential. I know, because after reading his blog, I was spellbound by his writing style and commented often. He had since shut down that blog, and the next one he started, but, every now and then, we would converse on Google’s instant messanger: mostly discussing linguistics.
Robert was in love with the English language, as I am. The big difference between us was that for him, it was his 1st language while for me, English is either 2nd, 4th or 7th language (depending on how you count this). So, even though I am not familiar with Japanese, I do see some of the things which might appear ‘obvious’ to a ‘native Anglo’ but which are not if you have to learn the English language later on in life….
No, we were never close friends (not even ‘internet buddies’) – but we did have a few very ‘interesting chats’.
Last I knew, Robert Evans was teaching English on one of the islands located in the North-East of Japan.
I wonder if he was there, when the earthquake struck.
I wonder if he is OK!
Yeah, I know – I am a sap. But if I am this upset about not knowing the fate of someone I kind-of knew through the internet, who might not even have been in the danger zone any longer, is any indication of the worry that people DO go through worrying about loved ones whom they KNOW to have been in the area hit by the earthquake and whose fate is still unknown….well, I get the picture!
My thoughts and best wishes are with everyone affected by this natural disaster!
As for religious (or secular dogmatic) idiots who want to use this human suffering as a propaganda vehicle (or self-righteousness thingy, like the idiot-chick in Thunderf00t’s video, or the dumb-asses who claimed the Haiti earthquake was because women in the West did not wear hijabs or burkas or some similar religious drivel – or the morons trying to draw any sort of association between this earthquake and global warming):
POX ON ALL YOUR HOUSES!!!!