Stunned Silence

I, like the rest of you I’m sure, am stunned by the devastation of the recent earthquake in Japan and the aftermath that is following. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami provided the most frightening footage of a natural disaster that I have seen in my lifetime, this juxtaposed to the fact that modern engineering can build skyscrapers that sway and largely protect a modern city of 13 million people.

We have friends in Sendai and on Friday I plucked their holiday card from my refrigerator and Googled their address… to comfort myself that they might be OK if their house was far enough inland from the sea to have escaped the tsunami. 12 Km inland. Thankfully we heard from them on Saturday and they are fine, but surrounded by total devastation.

My heart aches for those who were unable to escape and for those who lost loved ones.

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