Real Life Hits Japan

I was up this morning at 4:00am Central Time, feeling sorry for myself because my bad leg was hurting.

That's just a crap-ton of perspective right there.

I ran across this and watched it like a dream; at some point it sunk in that this was happening right now.  I turned on Fox News...

"...right-of-center ideologues but more personally palatable usually than the left-of-center ideologues on the other channels," he says, aware of the irony as he posts an Aljazeera video.  (I read everything; can't trust just one source.)

I got the following information:  7th worst in history, 8.9 shock.  The tsunami will affect 20 countries and people are being woken in the middle of the night and told to run.  Hundreds of aftershocks; 40 alone greater than 5.0.

There are fires burning atop these great inland waves, just sweeping along.  Unfortunately very real life.

Strictly Average is a hobby blog, and in my mind a hobby is for fun, for relaxing.  I don't spend bandwidth on the real - people get plenty of that already.

This is an obvious exception.  Hawaii at 3am, California at 10am.

I guess there's not much more to say.


HurricaneGirl said...

40 Aftershocks?!?

Wow. This is just ...

It's staggering to the mind.

Darkwynn said...

I agree Bud, This is crazy and I have some staff and co workers out there. Japan is going to have a tough time or at least a big mountain to climb to get over this.

Prayers should go out to everyone involved one way or another.

Gauthic said...

Reminds me of the lyrics of Tool's "Vicarious"

Gauthic said...

After watching the full effect of several videos, this is a terrible, terrible tragedy.

I didn't realize the BREADTH of damage.

Ironcrane said...

I have family there. Hope everyone is ok.

tzeentchling said...

What I think is amazing is, relatively speaking, how FEW casualties there have been and likely will be. For an island nation as heavily populated as Japan, to go through both an 8.9 earthquake and a 20-foot tsunami and lose only ~1000 people, as horrible as that is, is still amazing. If that had happened anywhere else in the world the casualties likely would have been decimating.

Brent said...

Tzeentchling: Actually, I couldn't agree more!

Japan has been building the infrastructure for this kind of disaster for most of its history.

They've got one small island with very little in the way of natural resources; I know they're going through hardships now as their economy resets (not even including this disaster), but I still find it amazing they're the world power they are.

That's determination! They're a people designed for survival.

Matt said...

What was truly telling about the Japanese culture was a report I saw last night on PBS by a British reporter talking about how their was NO looting or rioting and people shopping for survival items were orderly and controlled and nobody was gouging prices or taking advantage of the catastrophe for their own gain. Truly amazing.

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