Earthquake in Japan

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.

Love, Danielle

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6 Comments so far
  1. P.J. March 21, 2011 1:54 pm

    It sure is a wake-up call. I commuted to San Francisco from the East Bay for 19+ years-was on BART (rapid transit train) during the 1989 earthquake-was safe on it, and our home was just fine as it is built on limestone, but bought earthquake coverage immediatey thereafter. Keep plenty of bottled water, flashlights, etc on hand-just in case.

  2. Janet Patri March 21, 2011 3:15 pm

    Love to read your blogs. A bright spot in my day when you have a new one.

  3. Kim March 21, 2011 6:31 pm

    How utterly horrid! Watching the news is like watching a horror movie. It’s real but seems unbelievable as if it were staged. It’s as though we’re waiting for the lights to come on in the theatre so we can get up out of our seats to walk out while drying the last of our tears in order to drive home. But the movie won’t stop playing. God help them. Someone pass another tissue please.

  4. Michelle M. March 26, 2011 4:07 am

    Hi Daniel ~

    My sentiments exactly. My family and I have been keeping up with all of the news reports on Japan and have nothing but sympathy for all those involved. One very important message we can all take with us is the wonderful attitude and calm demeanor of the Japanese people. I was bowled over by the fact that the people of Japan remained calm – absolutely no looting! They remained patient while waiting in long lines for food and water. There was complete order everywhere in a country that had been ransacked by Mother Nature. What a wonderful example the Japanese people have shown us! We could all learn from that. My heart goes out to them, and they remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Michelle M. March 26, 2011 4:08 am

    So sorry Danielle, I spelled your name wrong in my last post! My apologies!

  6. Louise September 1, 2011 9:15 am

    Danielle)I just wanted to say /I truely enjoy read-ing.So I picked up one of your books from the many from one of my book shelves.The Long Road home.I,ve had for years. Now I must say I,m hooked on you as a author.I,ve read 3 in the last two weeks. about to start another one . Thank you.Sept.1 2011