Marso 14, 2011 ni theairprince
It’s been 3 days since Japan earthquake and tsunami incidents shook us and the entire world. I was flabbergasted and I got goosebumps as I tearfully watch the footages of how the tsunami had swept the peaceful shore communities of Northeastern Japan. It was painful to watch. And I was not alone. Everyone in household, offices, public places… every part of the globe, and even in cyberspace had shared the same feeling of astonishment, disbelief, and sympathy.
(Click here regarding my post about what I felt during the earthquake/tsunami news surge.)
Hanggang ngayon, laman pa rin ng balita ang sinapit ng bansang Japan. It is not a single day incident. The extent of damage cannot be resolved overnight. Kumbaga sa Tekken, combo ang hagupit na naranasan nila. Isang suntok (earthquake) at isang malupit na sipa (tsunami) ang tumama. It was not only the earthquake that made people worried but also the tsunami that was triggered right after. Considering that the quake happened hundred miles away off the shore of Japan and under the sea, the coastal towns of Northeastern Japan as well as the 20 nations surrounding the Pacific Basin or the ‘Ring of Fire’ were alerted to the impending danger (kasali ang Pilipinas). Sa kasawiang palad, unang nadali ng malalakas na tsunami ang mismong baybayin ng Japan. Even today, there are still aftershocks that the Japanese can feel while trying to recover.
Trivia: almost 90% of the seismic activity on Earth happens on Japan. Nakakatakot pero bilib ako sa mga Hapon dahil kahit ganoon ang kapalaran ng bansa nila, parang naging bahagi na rin ng pamumuhay nila ang lindol at tsunami. The natural catastrophes seemed to be ingrained in their lives, generation after generation. A major disaster that happened in September 1, 1923 became somewhat the foundation of their national defense and security. Throughout the past decades, Japanese people learned to develop better disaster prevention systems. And they started on public orientation regarding safety measures, strategic alarm system installed in key places to alert the citizens, and better building code for strong and earthquake-safe infrastructures and buildings. And since Japan is prone to earthquakes and tsunamis ever since, even if it does not guarantee total prevention, it lessened the impact of destruction. Japan is considered the leader in readiness. (Click here for the main story of Japan Became a Leader in Disaster Preparation from Time.com.)
There are comparative satellite photos over affected areas that you wanna try to see here.
But the world is uncertain. Hindi natin masasabi na maiiwasan natin ang ganitong sakuna. No matter how prepared a country is, we can’t be sure we can avoid a disaster. Just what happened to Japan. Even if Japan has the most sophisticated seismic preventive system, it was not spared. Tila parang isang malakas na kalaban ang biglang sumira sa matibay na pundasyon ng kuta. Dinaig ang nananahimik na baybayin ng rumaragasang along binubuo ng tubig, putik, at debris. Nilamon ang bawat bagay, nilalang, kahit mga taong pilit na lumilikas. Huminto ang takbo ng buhay sa isang bansang matayog at maunlad. Naging paralisa ang Japan. (Click here for main story of Japan was ready for an earthquake, but not this earthquake from The Washington Post.)
And there is the rumor about the radiation leak caused by the damage in the nuclear plants in affected areas in Japan. As of this moment, there are 2 reported blasts from the plant (main story here). Many workers were hurt while those who were living within the 20 km vicinity were urged to evacuate to avoid contamination. This story triggered the mass scare not only in Japan but also to the neighboring countries like our country. It was believed that the radiation that leaked from the exploded reactors will be brought by global wind and water current and thus will reach the near countries. At syempre dito pa naman sa Pilipinas kung saan uso ang ‘pls pass this message’ scenario, natakot ang sambayanang Pilipino dahil sa naglipanang mga text ukol sa nasabing problema. Dahil dito, naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag para pigilan ang pagkalat ng mga maling inpormasyon. Government agencies here denied the rumor about the contaminated acid rain that would fall here (click here for the complete article from Yahoo Philippines). Even Pinoy celebrities called for stopping the public scare (click here).
Wala naman masama kung magkakalat ng inpormasyon. Pero alalahanin natin ang mga pinangagalingan ng mga ito. Cite the source. And instead of believing immediately, try to verify it first. I was irked to see my phone inbox and news feed via FB and Twitter bombarded with messages regarding the rumor. I asked few people where they did they get it, but they only got it from someone else (they only reposted it!). Nakakairita. Post the links or reliable sources before succumbing to claims.
And what irritated me most was this: try going openbook.com and type ‘Pearl Harbor’. You will find a lot of people linking the unfortunate events of Japan to what happened to Pearl Harbor. They said that Japan deserved it since they bombarded the American naval base in Hawaii that triggered World War 2. Some sort of payback. Karma daw sabi nila. How pathetic! Instead of being sympathetic to the wrecked lives in Japan, they have the guts to insult, make fun, and worse, don’t even care. If I only got the invisible hands, I would cause a tsunami for them and make them realize it’s not time to be retrospective. Yeah, Japan had done a lot of suffering but it was already long time ago and most of us already moved on. The pain might still resounds on us particularly for those survivors of the war. But that has nothing to do with what has happened this era. C’mon people, grow up! Be humane! I won’t doubt any longer if the end of the world is already coming not because of the natural disasters but of how people are so ignorant and apathetic.
AND CAN SOMEBODY SLAP HIS FACE??? NAKAKAGAGO AH?
I remember what happened last Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. It happened fast but left a long-time impact. It was
a complete disaster, an unbelievable account. Nalunod ang ilang bahagi ng Pilipinas. Kahit ako ay ligtas noon, hindi ko mapigilang malungkot at matakot. Hindi ako makapaniwala sa nangyari noon dito, tulad ng hindi ko matanggap na ang mataas na gusali ng Asia Pacific College, ang aking school, ay minsa’y nalubog sa tubig ulan ang mababang parte nito (never it did occurred in the 2 decade-long existence of my school until that moment). Even several places here in Luzon who are not used to get flooded were not spared by nature’s wrath. We had hard time to recover but thankfully by the people’s strong will and faith, plus the foreign aids and support, the soaked and destroyed lives was finally restored.
And I’m sure that Japan can do the same thing if people will help. It’s time to show unity amidst diversity :).
Kung gusto niyo tumulong, there’s an easy way to help. You can visit the Philippine Red Cross or you can donate through SMS (via Dick Gordon’s FB page):
Please help Japan by donating via SMS through the Philippine Red Cross. For Smart Subscribers: Please text RED to 4143. For GLOBE Subscribers, please text RED to 2899. You can donate 5,25,100,300,500 OR 1000 pesos. Ex. RED 1000 send to 4143 for SMART or 2899 for GLOBE.
For more information, visit the Philippine Red Cross site.
And also, there’s nothing wrong for prayers. Let’s pray for Japan and other people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Hot like Mexico, rejoice!
The Air Prince