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Its hard to watch the news coming out of Japan, its gut wrenching reality at its worst. I can't even begin to image what the suffering in that nation must be like. For many of those poor people, Id bet that they believe that it is the end of the world for them.
My mind is having a hard time wrapping itself around this unbelievable catastrophe. An 8.9 earthquake is something that very very few of us can comprehend. It is reported to have been the 5th strongest on record since 1900, and the worst in Japan's history. That was bad enough but then there was the 33 foot tsunami that virtually wiped out the northern coastal areas of that nation.
If you haven't seen this video of the tsunami moving inland then please click on this link. It is mind boggling stuff! Massive Wall Of Water Sweeps Ashore In Japan. Here is a link to the Yahoo News Photo Slideshow of that tragic event.
Tonight, there is even worse news coming out of Japan as officials there are indicating that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants Reactor may be close to a meltdown. A second Reactor at that plant may be headed that way also. And a second Nuclear Power Plant may be in danger of heading that way also. Fox News is reporting tonight that as many as 170,000 people have been evacuated up to a 12 mile radius around those two Nuclear Power Plants. Testing has begun on the local population for radiation poisoning.
There are thousands of people reported to be missing in Japan. Authorities can't even get into many areas to access the situation because of the continued aftershocks (ranging from 5.0 to over 7.0) and the incredible destruction. News reports are indicating that one town in northern Japan may have been completely wiped out, nearly 10,000 people in it alone gone. Nearly a half a dozen trains are also unaccounted for, one with perhaps 400 passengers on it.
Things could get really ugly in Japan if there is a complete meltdown of any one of those Reactors. Will this happen, I am praying that it doesn't. Could a cloud of radiation drift across the Pacific Ocean and affect the US. I don't have an honest answer on that possibility, but you can bet I will be watching this situation very closely in the coming days.
Sadly this is a ongoing historic news event and the news will more than likely get worse before it gets better. Tonight I am thankful for being alive, and for having a wonderful wife, my two wonderful daughters, granddaughter, and the rest of my family and friends. Reality check time folks....if you are able to read this, then be grateful for all that you do have, many in Japan can now longer do this.
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!