Japan Debris Heading Toward Hawaii and California

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Last night on the news they announced the debris field is headed toward Hawaii and California from the Japan disasters.  Now it isn’t arriving next week or next month, but it could arrive in two years. Of course Hawaii can look forward to it arriving sooner.

No one said how large it is but they are tracking it from Space.  Now that’s very reassuring.  This huge debris field is filled with what? cars, boats, logs, bodies? It could have everything in it that washed out to see with the Tsunami.  I don’t imagine it has anything in it that you would want to get close to unless you are wearing a hazmat suit.

Just something else to watch for in the next few years. Surfers beware! Fishermen beware!  This huge island of debris could pollute the ocean with all kinds of things.  Maybe I don’t want eat any fish any more!!

US Sending Jets To Japan To Rescue Americans, Radiation Getting Out Of Control

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The United States is sending jets to Japan to airlift families of diplomats out of Japan.  Sending a clear message that the radiation is too hot to stay.  The State Department doesn’t believe all that the Japanese government is saying and they want to protect their families.

Meanwhile the rest of the world has warned their citizens to get out of Japan while they can.  The internet was filled with stories of students leaving Japan yesterday after their countries told them to get out now while you can.  Many did not want to leave and hope they can return, but that is very uncertain now.

Helicopters are dropping water bombs on the nuclear reactors in Japan hoping to keep the reactors from having a complete meltdown.  Families of the workers at the nuclear plant fear for their loved ones safety, and think they may not make it home.

This is one of the most frightening nuclear disasters in the modern world.  The wind is blowing out to sea, and they experts say that is good, but is it?  The West Coast of the United States is  in that path.  Will the radiation be dissipated?

Will Hawaii be safe? Will Guam be safe?  These are all questions that the experts are saying yes they will be safe, but do they really know?  Will those of us in Los Angeles experience any problems from the radiation?

Last night on the nightly news, they showed radiative counters all over Los Angeles, and were trying to show that the emergency powers here are prepared to check our skies.  So what?  What are we to do if it does come here?

I think we will continue with our lives just as we have always done, and hope that we aren’t being overly exposed to more radiation than the x-rays we get at the dentist’s office.

No I didn’t find any of those special pills, but to be honest, I haven’t looked.  The news has me convinced they are already gone, so why look?  I mean if I am exposed, I am exposed, the rest of the Los Angeles will be as well.

Remember that song? Goodbye cruel world, I’m off to join the circus….

Japan Braces For Nuclear Meltdown

Tsunami wall at Tsu-shi, Japan

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Japan hit by the worst earthquake in 100 years that moved the country 8 feet, then a 23 foot Tsunami and now a possible nuclear Meltdown from its reactors.

Food shortages, water shortages, rescues need to be made from people on top of collapsed homes, and more devastating news about possible radiation leaking.

When we talk about things being bad in our lives, take a moment and think about the people in Japan. They are barely hanging on to life, we have nothing in our lives to even compare to what they are coping with minute to minute.

In my Toastmasters4Writers club, one of my members, Laura Crockett, a gifted writer,  likes to point out how we all use words that are often misused.

Yesterday, she pointed out that we can not imagine the devastation of Japan.  Hawaii  and Crescent City  had some damage, but their damage was minor compared to Japan.

As writers, it is our mission to use the proper words to correctly describe situations. Japan is a historic disaster, that will take years  maybe decades to over come.  Hawaii’s loss might take a few months, and Crescent City a year or two, but Japan’s loss is immense.

My heart and prayers are still with the Japanese people as they struggle to meet their horrendous challenges.

I hope that all the nations send help to them and to New Zealand who also experienced a devastating earthquake one year  to the day from the one that hit Christchurch that destroyed their community.

For those of us here in the United States, we can not comprehend this devastation, but we can give and pray for those who are in the midst of coping with life in a tragedy.

Japan Earth Quake Unites The World

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As Japan was hit with a terrible 8.9 earthquake yesterday, and Tsumani‘s hit, Hawaii braces for the waves, and the world unites over how fragile life is.

My heart goes to two young Japanese women who shared our lives for a month several years ago when my daughter was in highschool in Oklahoma.  They came for one month each to live with us and learn English at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Ok and to live with an American family.  Each of the young women taught us about Japan and their lives in their country.

One was from Tokyo and the other from Kyoto, and they were both college graduates who were in special programs to become more proficient in English.

I hope they and their families are safe today as my prayers go out to Japan and that this Earthquake and its full death toll will not be as high as is expected.

Many friends are in Hawaii as I have served in District leadership in Toastmasters and met many wonderful people in Hawaii and attended a regional training in Honolulu there about 5 years ago.

I pray that all of my friends and their families will be safe today as the Tsunami predicted to approach Hawaii does little or no damage to Hawaii.

We are all reminded when something happens in one part of the world it affects us all and we are one family united on this planet.