Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami
Early Friday afternoon, Japanese time, a huge earthquake struck the coast the Japan, east of Sendai. It measured 8.9 in magnitude, several thousand times more powerful than the one that ravaged New Zealand last month, and was one the largest quakes every recorded. A devastating tsunami soon followed. My thoughts, sympathies and best wishes go out to everyone affected by this awful catastrophe.
Regular readers will know that I have a strong affinity with Japan. Not only have I travelled there several times but my wife is Japanese, with many relatives and friends there, making this disaster all the more real for me. As dire as everything is though, I have absolute faith in the tenacity of the Japanese people and their ability to recover fully.
I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who phoned, texted, emailed, tweeted or otherwise messaged me regarding the well-being of my wife’s friends and family. I’m very happy to say that we’ve been in contact with them and they all appear to be safe and sound although somewhat shaken up (pardon the pun). My in-laws are in good spirits and aside from experiencing planned power outages and few broken belongings are otherwise unaffected.
I’ve made a small donation to the Japanese Red Cross via Google’s Crisis Response service. You can find the page here if you want to do the same.