Undoubtedly this is the largest natural disaster to have hit Japan in decades. We will still need to follow the news to see what the final toll is, as well as to learn whether there were parts of the preparedness system that did not work properly. The most important lesson to take away is that concerted and rationally formulated mitigation methods do work in limiting the damage, even from a disaster on this scale.FrumForum writer Noah Kristula-Green • Offering some perspective on the Japan quake and tsunami from a disaster-preparedness angle. Kristula-Green, who lived in Japan during his elementary and high school years, recalls the constant earthquake and tsunami drills he had to do, just in case something happened. What’s interesting is the way he twists the whole issue on the U.S. — noting some recent arguments against such things. “There is a strain of libertarian and conservative thought which believes that public services and regulations are not just wasteful but are inherently incapable of ever being beneficial,” he writes. “The Japanese experience should lead to a reevaluation of that claim.” source (via • follow)
Honestly, this kinda bothers me. Hundreds of Japanese are dead or missing, and we only start caring once Americans are involved? Yes, it is just as sad that they died as anyone else, but out of hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are hurt or could be dead, we are just going to focus on these four, only one of whom is dead, because they’re American? People were freaking out about California and Hawaii with the tsunami coming in 8 hours, and while it is scary that that could happen, they got like three foot waves while Japan was under water within an hour. Americans are only worried about their own back yard, when the problems are much worse globally.
We (and many other folks on Tumblr) spent many hours last night covering the quake from every angle — and only about four of the roughly sixty posts we’ve made since 1 a.m. have been about how the tsunami directly affects the U.S. We understand where you’re coming from because a lot of people get frustrated about the U.S.-centric nature of handling world events, but at the same time, that’s not what we’re doing. We hope you reconsider your stance.
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» We couldn’t have said it better: “Japan is possibly the most prepared country in the world,” says the International Rescue Committee’s Michael Kocher. ”But obviously the scale of this is tremendous and that will sorely test even Japan’s capacity.”
* – Why we’re wary of the death toll numbers: The dramatic scale of this disaster does not encourage firm estimates, so we’d like to offer these numbers, which some of our readers have asked for, with a warning: They’re subject to change. This incident is far too huge to offer hard statistics right now. For example: Police in Sendai said that there were 200-300 bodies on the shore at least. Considering the scope of the disaster in Sendai alone, it’s entirely possible that many more will be found. Maybe in a few days we’ll have a better idea.