The 21st century has certainly arrived with a noticeable allotment of geological incidents enough to cause anyone’s hair to stand on end. The recent crop of disaster movies heralding the “end of times” plus sensationalized tv programs and news reports certainly contribute to the angst.
I recently viewed a cable news program where three scientists disavowed any pattern signaling a quickening path to global destruction while smirking amongst themselves on camera. Some terms expressed were “random“, “coincidental” and “natural processes” – uttered dismissively to a television viewing audience, eager to find holes in their “truths”.
After the Indonesian quake and resulting tsunami (which seemed as though it occurred just last year along with the great Kona quake), every tremor (or crashing noise) caused most people to stop in their tracks, while peering around furtively for a place to hide safely from what surely must be the next big one.
China, Turkey, Chile, New Zealand, and more – all stepped into the shaking arena to grab at the brass ring of “the mother of all disasters“. Semi-dormant volcanoes along the “rim of fire” blew their tops violently, and Kilauea, the folkloric abode of M. Pele, stepped up her fiery protestations in answer to the challenge. Then, “along came Mary ” – Japan outdid them by thee trifecta of storms: monstrous earthquake, catastrophic tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown. If these multiple events happened in any other country, I would fear for their recovery. In fact, since the Japanese are historically a resilient people who have proven their substance over and over again in the rebuilding of their island nation, there is no doubt in my mind that they will persevere, and eventually recover. In looking at the numerous photos online, I am struck by the stoic faces of both victims and rescuers. Despite mounting shock and grief, they are getting down to the business of digging themselves out of the seemingly eternal rubble – even with rumbling aftershocks and the possibility of more waves.
From my island perch, I wish that I could assist in some way. Donating to the Red Cross is the most sensible option for me, and recently First Hawaiian Bank announced that a program where monetary donations can be dropped off at their depository for the Japan Red Cross; an offer that I will take up. If you decide to help out with a check to your local Red Cross, don’t forget to note in the memo “Japan Tsunami Victims” so that your gesture of assistance doesn’t get swept into the “general fund”.
I’ve seen many photos and videos of this monumental disaster on You Tube, Facebook, and news web pages. Here is a site with some very clear photos that will stop you in your tracks: