On April 20, the birthday of Hitler, a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated Sichuan, a rural area in China. So far (April 23), there are 192 deaths, more than 11000 injured and 100 000 people without homes. This may be less than the 70 000 (many children as the schools collapsed) who died in the same province in 2008 but the tragedy is deeply saddening. I swiped the pictures below to remind you that life is damn fragile…so live it the best you can.
This is Part 2. If you have read it already, read Part 1 first. Looking back on all that has happened, the government of Japan failed to be honest with the Japanese public and the world. Reports from official bodies were conflicting so severity could not be determined. For example, after the government said there was nothing to fear on March 19, the evacuation zone was extended from 10 to 20km (140 000 people). As of March 28, that grew to a 30km zone. A further contradiction was the government … Continue reading →
I have stopped updating the main disaster facts but realize that 3 nuclear reactors and 4 fuel rods are still in the process of meltdown and will be for years as there’s no known way to solve the problem. Water continues to be used to cool them down thus making hundreds of thousands of tons radioactive…which is then released into the sea. 966 square kilometres of Japan will probably be a no-go area far longer than our lifetimes. This is worse than Chernobyl and far from being over. It’s tragic … Continue reading →