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dinsdag 15 maart 2011
Oprecht medeleven met bevolking Japan / I sympathize with the people from Japan
Day 5. On Friday, March 11th, 2011 Japan was hit by a severe earthquake (8.9 Richter) followed by a devastating tsunami. Hallucinating pictures and videos go around the world, showing the enormous devastation and chaos. Thousands of people are killed, thousands are missing, entire villages have been swept away. On top of that there is a serious nuclear threat that terrifies everybody living in the area of the nuclear installations in Fukushima, but also the whole of Japan and the surrounding countries. In fact, the entire world is waiting in anguish if a nuclear disaster can be prevented. But for the people of Japan and especially those living in the area of Fukushima, it must be really terrifying.
Radio-activity is invisible and has no smell or colour. You can't see it coming. It sneaks up on you without you being aware of it, like an invisible assassin. The panic causes a chaos at airports, because many people want to get away from a possible contamination by radiation. They can't go far by car because the fuel is being restricted per person. They must feel like they are in a trap. The assassin is coming after them, and they are stuck. It must be awful to just wait and see what happens.
People are at the mercy of the engineers and technicians doing a dangerous job to try and prevent a nuclear disaster. Radiation is being measured, but who can guarrantee that this information is correct and complete ? Everybody remembers the nuclear disaster in Tsjernobyl in April 1986, and the horrible consequences for humans and animals being contaminated with radio-activity. The massive devastation and nuclear threat in Japan remind Japan and the rest of the world of the devastation caused by the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or died from contamination by radiation.
I deeply sympathize with the people from Japan, who have lost family, friends, their possessions by the consequences of the severe earthquake and the devastating tsunami that swallowed so many people, entire villages and all possessions. The human pain and grief must be enormous. The enormous devastation and damage will cost Japan a huge amount of effort and money. Apart from the nuclear threat, the lack of food, water, medication and housing will undoubtedly increase the number of victims. Bad hygienic conditions, dead bodies that have to be buried, infections and diseases are likely to occur, ...
Chili (27/2/2010), Haïti (12/1/2010), Indonesia-Thailand-India-Sri-Lanka (26/12/2004) and other countries have suffered the same disastrous scenarios. The forces of nature are much more powerful than human beings, who, in the end, are small and vulnerable. That's become very clear once more.