Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SOS Japan

I can scarcely believe the images of destruction left by Japan's tsunami and earthquake. Now the nation is coping with possible meltdowns in three nuclear reactors.

What is especially poignant about this situation is that Japan, unlike most nations, prepared so carefully and guarded against such emergencies.
More than 40% of Japan's coast line is protected by sea walls. Japanese buildings met the highest standards of earthquake resistance. The nuclear reactors are encased in capsules with walls of steel six inches thick, then covered in a concrete encasement, and enclosed in thin exterior walls.
Not enough.

Nature always finds a way to subvert humankind's most careful plans.
We can all learn from Japan, and pray for Japan.

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