many thanks for everyone`s kind messages after the recent earthquake in Japan.
Personally I live a long way from any danger areas but I cannot remember being in a building that shook so much ever. It seemed to last much longer than the usual quakes. The horrific thing really, as seen in the footage, is the tsunami. Apparently a 30 cm tsunami is enough to knock any adult over. the ones that hit Japan were up to 10 meters and watching real time images of both ships and cars sailing down the main streets of major cities was a truly disturbing reminder of how powerless we are in the face of nature.
Having said that Japan has both an infrastructure geared to earthquake survival and highly efficient disaster training I wasn`t there but I know from the real time news that the moment the quake struck all the media was telling people to move and where to go, which people have practiced. They only had ten or fifteen minutes but the drilling is such that this is enough for most people to get to safety. Very highly organized.
As such, given the enormous magnitude of the quake and waves, casualties will be relatively small albeit horrifying. Actually a lot more people died in the Hanshin earthquake some fifteen years ago, one of the main reasons being the fires caused by cheap kerosene heaters overturning, something less likely as this is a riche r part of Japan. I have a friend who was a child in Kobe at that time. She told me that in her school playground the next day there was a huge crevice they couldn`t see the bottom off.
Anyway it seems that all the visiting musicians are okay but whether there will be much music going on for the next few days I have no idea.
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