Massive Earthquake in Japan Triggers Tsunami Across Pacific
When I woke up to the news this morning that there was a massive earthquake in Japan, I immediately started to think about the poor shocked people who woke up to that 'hell' this morning.
Then when I saw the coverage of Tsunami waves washing away cars and homes like they were child sized toys, I started thinking about how fragile life is and how quickly things can be taken from us. I know it's a feeling we all experience when we witness a disaster, accident or death.
Of course, I was also nervous to hear that Hawaii and California could also be in danger, as I have friends in both locations. I just can't help but wonder what I would have done, or if I would have survived, if such a disaster happened here at home.
According to CNN, this was the fifth biggest quake reported at an 8.9 magnitude.
The quake, which struck at 2:46 pm local time, sparked fires in at least 80 locations, Japan's Kyodo News Service reported, and prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries and territories. Police in Miyagi Prefecture say between 200-300 bodies have been found in the coastal city of Sendai alone.
I know we've faced a bad winter with tons of snow and ice, and now we're dealing with flooding and cleanups. However, when I realize what others are going through, I guess we really don't have it that bad here in the Northeast.
Garth Brooks' song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" has been playing in my head all morning. I guess the point to this blog is short and sweet, live for today because you just never know what tomorrow may or may not bring.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone just trying to make it through this aweful day.