When I taught Earth Science, we would cover a unit on oceanography. One section dealt with the topic of waves. The students could relate to the waves that they had experienced, but they couldn’t seem to understand the concept of a Tsunami. They would say that they would run away or stay and watch it. They would talk about surfing. Some refused believe that water could become a massive force that could wipe out entire villages, buildings, roads, and coastlines. I wonder if those students from long ago are paying attention to the disaster in Japan.
The water consumed everything in its path. The buildings toppled as the roads broke up. Cars in the streets and parking lots were lifted and carried with the flow. Fields were covered in seconds. Homes and businesses……destroyed. Entire villages were lost. The Red Cross said they were not prepared for something of this magnitude.
Now, on top of what has already happened, another force is dealing its hand. The nuclear power plants are exploding. This is causing levels of radiation to climb at a rapid rate. So many people are at risk. Those trying to solve the problem are already being counted as heroes. I’m sure there are many working around the clock to save the people and their country from further harm.
The worst part of it all is the loss of loved ones. It is heartbreaking to see spouses, parents, children, and even pets searching for their families. Life was going along that day. Children were in school. Businesses were open. In a matter of minutes, it all changed. The force of nature is beyond our control. What it reminds us, is how instantly all can change, and how precious our lives really are.