Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan's 8.9 Earthquake

I am not quite sure what to say. Just before I went to bed last night I read about their earthquake. I have been in a number of large quakes, 6.4, 6.5, 6.9 and numerous smaller ones. You get used to those. Los Angeles had really good laws regarding buildings being earthquake resistant. Japan has really good building regulations also and the people there are accustomed to earthquakes; but, 8.9 is unreal. It is the largest recorded and known earthquake to ever hit Japan and it lasted a long time (that makes a real difference).

As bad as the earthquake was, the tsunami was incomprehensible. I watched some videos today of what occurred and it is stunning. My prayers go out to the people of Japan. There will be and there are aftershocks and those can be big also. Still, with hopefully the worst of it over comes the big job, the cleanup. I think the Japanese will do the best job that can be done in such a situation.

What is also disturbing is that Yellowstone seems to be awakening and that could be world changing. Yesterday morning I was talking to some people at work about these things (not the earthquake as it had not happened yet) and it certainly does seem as if the earth is being very active. On some levels it really doesn't matter what the reason is, bottom line is I am betting we see more intense disasters all over the world.

There are stories about how teenagers have attacked and even killed their parents because they had their Xbox or PS3 taken away, how will our society handle such a disaster in the United States? We didn't do too well with Katrina. California has seen it's share of disasters, fires, earthquakes, floods, riots... We sort of just expect it and that helps to deal with them. It is probably how the people in the midwest deal with tornadoes (which scare me silly); for them it is expected. A 8.9 earthquake in the midwest would take out more than you can comprehend.

So, if the earth is getting active whether it be because of the shifting magnetic poles or because of the sun or because these things happen in swarms or whatever reason, how do we prepare? The answer is, you cannot. The best preparation is knowing what to do afterwords. The Japanese are one of the best prepared people in the world and are used to large quakes; but, that doesn't prevent them and it doesn't prevent tsunamis.

The best preparation starts with your mind, you have to accept that at any given time you can lose everything you have or die. That is the truth of life on this planet. The other thing you have to know is that you can rebuild, your life, your home, your city. There was very little left standing in San Francisco after the big quake and fire in the early 1900s, they rebuilt and it is a beautiful city.

Whether one believes we are in the "end times" or that high tech weapons such as HAARP, the shift in the magnetic pole, the moon's proximity to the earth, unseen planets, a second sun, or any other reason is behind the odd times, something is not right and we all know it. We may not want to accept that things are changing, people don't like change and want to hold onto their cookies; but, change is here in every part of our lives.

If you are not directly effected by the Japanese quake, you can learn from it. You are alive today and have a roof over your head, be content with that and let your friends and family know that you love them. Take the time you have and forgive those who have hurt you, you don't have to be around them to forgive. You don't even have to enjoy being around everyone, there are people I don't want to see. Do something nice for someone today and be glad that you can. Be well.

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