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Is it just me, or do disasters happen more often when I'm on vacation?

Nothing can overshadow the quake that struck Japan recently. The human race is once again reminded of its’ impermanence. The most prepared country in the world in regards to natural disasters has had a wakeup call. Reality has hit and amplified every tiny wrinkle in every contingency plan. Initial death tolls started in the hundreds but are now past ten-thousand. That the toll will climb higher is a moot point.

Glenda and I were sitting down in Mumphords’ enjoying a late lunch when we heard about it. The images were startling and sobering at the same time. Even worse, to me at least, were the stirrings of trouble at japans nuclear reactors. Now with two outer containment structures blown off separate reactors only the main core containment housings are keeping the bulk of radiation at bay. I’ll not go into the contradictive stories that have come out on that subject. There’s enough confusion to go around as it is.

The images of tsunami in progress were far more dramatic than any I have ever seen. Even the aftermath images in the past few days have shocked me. This was not a good note to end a vacation on but the few stories of survival that have emerged did life my spirits back up a bit. The only shadows still looming are the nuclear reactors issues and the loss of human life.

The world loss a few milliseconds of time on Friday, due to the 9.0 earthquake. In the past few days the news has been ramped up on the aftermath with the usual ‘play the clips to death’ mentality. I think I saw the first reactor housing blow apart several hundred times before noon on Sunday. Now we know about every fault line on the US mainland that’s overdue for some slippage. I have to ask how a news agency can justify asking “can it happen here?” with overt dramatics when the aftershocks are still going on ‘over there’?

Japan will rebuild. They always have. They are a rich culture that deserves the world’s assistance. The losses may continue to mount but the human race will survive another day. That is, as long as Japans main source of electricity doesn’t become another environmental disaster.