#110 earthquake 2

Living in a virtually no natural disaster island except the sea level might be rising, I cannot really enter the pains of survivors of natural disasters. However, today’s modern technological advancements and accessible to video clips and blogs, I only get a glimpse of the truth. It takes great maturity to read and watch these to assess a situation or a disaster.

It was ironic that President Hu Jintao had just returned from Japan after the massive quake.

Japan sits on the faultlines (continental & oceanic tectonic plates) — the cause of frequent earthquakes (if its epicenter is under the seas, tsunami occurs; the proximity to the density of population in a location and time of quakes could claim lives even when preventive measures were set in place); volcanoes; and hotsprings (an attraction for tourists).

I admire the Japanese for living in these challenging situations. I recall those younger days watching  documentaries on the Japanese expending huge resources and energies to building tremor-resistance skyscrapers.

During the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the government did not realise the scale of the disaster hesitated foreign aid. I read criticisms made that trained rescue dogs from around the world waited at airports while these could be searching for human lives in the rubble. US medical doctors were only able to give treatment after 3 days on arrival due to medical-licensing regulations.

The recent quake in China caused me to reflect…especially when I see video clips of school turned into rubbles or town reduced to heaps (I’ve seen pictures of towns in the US been mowed down by tornadoes). When was the school built? It was unfortunate the quake struck when students gathered for lessons. It must be most heart-breaking for parents to find their child and especially a teenager lost in the quake. They struggled and slogged to bring their child thus far only to lose one to natural disaster!

According to sources, nature did forewarn man…some elderly felt bad omen when toads flood the area and animals behaved irratically. Was the siesmic equipments not able to reveal unusual activities taking place?

Today almost a million(?) are without housing…how do survivors start living again? Natural disasters are deemed in law as Act of God, so survivors are not compensated for their losses, especially human lives.  

Actually, predicting an earthquake that will take place is still NOT possible!

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