fredag 11. mars 2011

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

My deepest sympathies go to the people of Japan, where a devastating earthquake hit this morning. The number of casualties passed several hundred, with thousands missing or injured. The damages are immense, both due to the earthquake itself and the following tsunami.
Such natural disasters are terribly powerful, making human lives and infrastructure seem fragile like matches in comparison. It makes me think of how vulnerable we really are; the powerlessness of the whole situation is staggering.

How do you outrun a massive ten-meter wall of solid water? How do you flee from the blocks of rock and concrete crashing over your head as the building you´re in collapses?
How do you seek refuge when everything in a ten kilometer radius will be swept clean by massive amounts of water?

The sadness of it all is that you can´t. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time will lead to an impossible trap. Only the sheer luck of a miracle is the only thing that can save you from certain death.

I hope the people in the areas that are hit will find hope in this dark situation, and glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. My thoughts are with you!

Read more about the earthquake on BBC´s website here.

If you would like to support the disaster relief, you can call the Norwegian Red Cross at +47 820 44 000 to donate 200 NOK for the cause.