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Earthquake in Japan

March 11, 2011

I was standing, talking to my friends on my bus stop, greeting all those who came back from the field trip (which is Grade 6 through 11), talking about how their field trips went, how our Senior mock exams went… and one of my Japanese speaking friend tapped me on the shoulder and said: “Did you hear? 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Sendai” Although he said it slowly, I still had to clarify the news. I opened my jaws and the only thing I could utter was “Holy….”

I have to admit, I don’t usually frown over these kind of news. Some will say I may be cold blooded but that’s not true. The truth is, I don’t show sadness that easily. But this time, it was Japan, it was the place I was born and grew up in. It was different. So the entire journey on the bus was filled with bad thoughts, thinking about all my friends and families over in Japan.

When I got home, I immediately searched for every piece of news, Japanese, English, Vietnamese, anything I could find and started reading. I also contacted my friends and family members who were living in Japan and asked if they were alright (one responded saying he was fine. Thank you…) And since then, I kept hoping that it’ll be good, Japan is trained to do this, we are trained to handle this, thigns won’t go wrong but I’m not really sure anymore, the death toll is rising, the missing people are rising, the economic consequences are huge… it seems we haven’t hit the bottom yet.

Let’s make it clear, we (as in Japanese) are born with the ability to fight earthquakes or rather to live with it. From the experience in Kobe to the little everyday quake you feel, it’s simply embedded into our life. Our buildings, our drills, our stock of emergency food… all of these have prepared us in case of serious Earthquake so I do believe that Japan will handle it pretty confidently. We’re used to it. We’re used to rise up from the rubble to make a new city.

But nevertheless, I wholeheartedly feel sorry for all who lost their lives (including a 6 years old who died due to a supermarket roof falling on him…)

My deepest hopes are with all the people of Japan.

Peace, out.

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