Japan Earthquake

As we have all heard from today, the eastern coast of Japan was devastated by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The city of Sendai has completely been wiped out. Aftershocks of 6.0 magnitudes continue to terrorize Japan. Train services are halted causing millions of people to be temporary displaced. Fires are raging all throughout Japan and even nuclear reactors are running out of power to cool down heated reactor cores. The worst that can happen to any place at anytime is happening right now in Japan.


However, even though hundreds have died and thousands are injured, of all the places that it could have occurred, Japan was definitely the only country in the world that was prepared for such a catastrophe. With strict modern building standards since 1987, the world’s only early earthquake detection system and even an annual national earthquake drill we can see today that those standards were put in place for a reason, to save lives.


Those lives saved and those living in Japan and around the world have witness a horrible tragedy. However, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. We are overlooking a very important factor. Using the words of Warren Buffet, “Human potential is far from exhausted”. [1] We have always rebuilt from every disaster known to Man and we will rebuild from this one. We as human beings are a resilient bunch.


Japan will unite, Japan will rebuild and Japan’s “best days lie ahead”. [1]



[1] Phrases used from Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Annual Report 2010
[1] Phrases used from Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Annual Report 2010

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  • #1

    Nopy (Saturday, 12 March 2011 00:12)

    It's tragic what has happened, but at the same time I am very impressed with what hasn't happened. The Indonesian earthquake was slightly larger and killed 200000+ people, this earthquake won't have a death toll anywhere near that number. I guess it just goes to show how well Japan prepared for this.