Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquakes, tsunamis........

The world is rumbling, isn't it. Earthquakes, tsunamis........ quite terrifying. Christchurch, and now Japan, just weeks apart. The devastation this time seems to be more tsunami related. Thank God the Japanese build for earthquakes. But that nuclear powerplant that they can't cool is a real worry. That could affect us all.

The wave today was 10m high. That is inconceivable. I watched it this morning with horror. And then I heard one seismologist or earthquake geophysicist saying that the wave which annihilated Aceh in 2004 was 22 metres high. I went outside and looked at my house, which has 2 storeys, and thought of a wave 3 times the height barrelling towards me, and my brain just could not cope. I think I would have sat down on the ground and just waited for it to hit.

So the rumblings of the earth are in both hemispheres at the moment. And to add to the problems, apparently the moon is almost at the closest point to the earth. It will be on the 19th March. This, I hear, could and probably will, affect the global weather patterns, as the moon is affected by seismic events on the earth.

Sigh.

So what next.

I remember all those disaster movies. The people in the movies were actors. Today, as at Christchurch and all those other disasters around our world, there were/are no actors. Real lives. Real people. Real pain. Loss. Death. Destruction. Half the globe is on tsunami alert.

It puts my life and my little world into perspective. So today, my prayers and thoughts are with those people in Japan, and other devastated places, whose lives have changed forever because the earth moved.

5 comments:

Vee said...

It's an odd thing to realize, but the earth will shift for all of us many times in a lifetime. I know that this is true for you; it's been true for me; for everyone surely. It's just shocking to see it happen to so many all at once. Big thoughts for a gloomy day. And now that I've been reading that book, I wonder if there's any gratitude for such things. I can be grateful that more weren't lost and that God is always on the scene. And I still find myself thinking about those teens in Christchurch making themselves available and useful and doing the nitty gritty work.

Needled Mom said...

The pictures coming from there have been absolutely amazing! My prayers also go out to all of them as they deal with the tremendous loss of properties, but mostly lives.

Butterfly Mama said...

I know, I does shift perspective doesn't it. Praying for them all...
heidi

Isabelle said...

Yes, indeed. How awful.

Fran said...

These things are unbelievable. Heaven knows what it's like to actually be there when they happen.