Last Friday, March 11, 2011, the world shook (literally) and Japan was in the center of it all. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit off the east coast of Japan which triggered a 23-foot tsunami.
Amidst all the chaos, I’m still amazed and left in wonder on the efficiency the Japanese have shown before, during, and after the quake hits the country. I admire their early warning system implemented all throughout the whole country. Picking up the early warning message gives people around 1 minute to prepare before the tremors hit. During the earthquake, almost all the high-rise buildings did not sustain any major damage thanks to the superb Japanese engineering and strict building code standards. After the earthquake, the emergency response program of the country kicked in. The ERT (emergency response team) responded quickly to those they can right away reach. For those difficult to reach areas, they’re tireless in finding means and ways to reach them.
Now, days after the quake and with nuclear disaster looming over Japan’s head, I’m still sad whenever I see pictures from there. I can’t imagine how painful it is for the survivors to struggle for some level of normality. I can’t even imagine how hard this is for the children in the hardest hit areas. How much do they understand about the tragedy that struck their country? All I know is that this has changed not only Japan but also the whole world and I pray for the safety, speedy recovery and strength for the whole of Japan.