Bill was talking nonsense on Friday morning. Japan earthquake. California tsunami. I really couldn’t believe a word he said in my half-asleep stupor.
I worked from home on Friday not because I thought the tsunami would sweep over the Berkeley marina and down the driveway to knock on the door of our bungalow, but because with BART being temporarily closed and 92 being clogged, driving to work just didn’t make sense. And neither do a lot of the images and videos that are all too readily available since that afternoon in Japan.
I don’t have anything new to say here. It is so surreal. It physically sends a chilling tingle through my skin. Same reaction I had to San Bruno’s PG&E pipeline explosion:
I just can’t fathom all of that destruction, and I realize I’m extremely fortunate to say that. It’s almost pointless for me to try to find the Web’s worst earthquake/tsunami video from Japan. Each one tops the other and I feel almost sick adding to this mob of the lucky who are watching these boats, cars, and buildings crash into each other on repeat. From very far away, from the comforts of my own home.
The tsunami did not “hit” the East Bay, but it was visible from the coast of Emeryville. This wave may seem pathetic, but by God, it’s visible and it originated in Japan. I’m just beside myself when I think about it:
Currently reading up on “The Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’,” a tectonic plate that roughly outlines Australia, the Philippines, the west coast of North America and South America, and seems to cut right through Japan. Bill points out that the last few “big ones” in the last decade or so have all been located along said Ring of Fire.
I feel like such a spoiled asshole for saying this, because I’ve basically taken California Life for granted without being proactive about the impending earthquakes that are overdue, but we should probably stock up on our earthquake preparedness kit this weekend.
I am thankful for the speed in which news about the quake and tsunami have spread, and how companies and organizations have mobilized in efficient ways over the Web to aid the Japanese. Of course, there’s tons of irony in all of the technology that bolstered Japan basically being decimated now, too. I hope people respect journalists now more than ever, though it’s a quick slap in the face that they’re being flown away from unsafe conditions, too.
Mother Nature is Queen Bee after all.
- The American Red Cross is the primary aid collecting donations for Japan.
- Martin Hsu is donating 100% of martinhsu.com’s proceeds to the Red Cross.
- Moxsie added the Red Cross to its list of Moxsie.com supported charities. Donations are made at no extra cost to the purchaser.