Like the rest of the world, everyone in Paris is riveted by the horrifying reports of the recent earthquake in Japan, and it is heart breaking to watch the destruction, both by the earthquake and the tsunami, and to learn of the inevitable loss of life as a result of those two events. Natural disasters are so terrifying, and remind us all of the force of nature when unbridled. And the threat posed by the damaged nuclear power plant adds yet another frightening dimension.
Like all of you, I’m sure, I am so sorry for the people there. It seems unimaginable to think of what it must be like and how devastating, and frightening.
Living in San Francisco part of the time, one is always aware of the danger there, but somehow one forgets (or living there would be truly unbearable). This recent quake in Japan is a wake up call of just what it would be like. And there was serious concern in San Francisco about a tsunami reaching California shores. There was a tsunami warning in force, but the waves that reached California were minimal, although I gather that there was considerable damage in Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco. But compared to Japan, California fared extremely well. But it is a reminder to all of us on that coast to be prepared, have necessary supplies, and know what to do in an earthquake. A major wake up call.
And for those of you with family in Japan, or friends, I extend my sympathy for what you must be going through worrying about them. After an earthquake of that magnitude, it will take a long time for life to return to normal. And the people in Japan are very much in my thoughts. And if you have relatives there, I hope that they are safe and well and that all will be restored as quickly as possible. The people in Japan are in my thoughts and prayers.