Japan’s Growing Nightmare

Aerial of Sendai, Japan, following the earthquake

I am sitting here this morning feeling overwhelmed by the scale to which the disaster in Japan has grown. I think anytime tragedy strikes we are brought to a halt and quickly begin to take stock of our own situations and how they pale in comparison to what is no doubt a horrible situation. But I don’t know that I’ve ever witnessed something like this before.

The access to footage of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami seems to grow by the minute. And every video clip, every tiny bit of insight we get seems to amplify the severity of the situation. Initially it almost seemed unreal. That something like this just could not happen in real life. But the more we see of it, the more real it becomes.

ABC News in Australia has put together a remarkable collection of aerial photos of Japan, in which you can toggle back and forth between what the area looked like before the devastation hit, and what is there now. The photos will no doubt leave you speechless.

And now, word is coming out of Japan that their woes continue to mount. Fears of radioactive exposure are reaching a growing radius surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where a number of explosions have increasingly compromised the safety of the people nearby.

Through all of this, a young man,  Jun Shiomitsu, is giving us a glimpse of how the Japanese people are reacting to their situation through a collection of sentiments he compiled from Twitter. It will bring you to tears to hear how resiliante they are, and how they are pulling together as a county. Sadly, I’m not sure we would have the same reaction were this to happen in America, but I truly hope otherwise. I encourage you to read it, here.

Misawa, Japan following the earthquake

So many people have lost so much over the past four days. Many are still without power, food, and water. If you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to visit the American Red Cross website, or the charity of your choice, and make a donation to support relief efforts in Japan. It’s so easy to feel helpless in times like these, but giving of our own resources, to help the organizations who have the infrastructure in place to reach those in need, is one of the best ways to make an impact.

Please continue to pray for Japan as they endure this time of hardship.

Photos by the U.S. Navy


  1. MLH

    thank you for sharing the tweets from Jun in Japan. I have never been on that social media before but it was so touching to see how people the world over can communicate. I believe there is so much hope for humanity. I am grateful for this enlightenment.

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