The scale and scope of the disaster unfolding in Japan following last week's earthquake and subsequent tsunami is heart wrenching. Estimates indicate more than 10,000 lives might have been lost, with millions of people displaced, in what is turning out to be one of the country's biggest natural disasters ever.
Even now, the country awaits with trepidation investigations into unfolding events at several nuclear reactor facilities; two experienced a meltdown over the last few days, although the cores of the reactors are still intact, according to reports. Read the rest of this story on our sister site, EBN.
Regardless of how advance human technologies are, we can't fight natural disaster. We can at most do our best to prepare for the worse. From all the news I read, Japanese has done a great job. They still need a lot of helps in terms of food and need time to recover. I salute to anyone and any country who are offering helps to Japan.
It is worrisome that Japan, the country which was so well prepared for earthquake events is struggling so much...imagine what would happen to other areas of the world which are much less prepared for tragedy like this...Kris
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