It’s among the best-prepared countries when it comes to disaster, and for good reason. Japan has played host to some of history’s worst calamities: the 100-foot tsunami that killed 27,000 people in 1896, the 1995 Kobe earthquake and the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima during World War II.

Who knew the 9.0-magnitude quake, the most violent on record to shake the island nation, could combine these catastrophes into one, leaving 126 million people struggling to anticipate the next temblor, rush of seawater or burst of radiation into the atmosphere?

Many were thinking about their weekend, watching the clock at work when the ground began to shake at 2:46 p.m. It wasn’t a quick fit like many past quakes. This one lasted about five minutes — an eternity to those on the ground.


I’m reading CNN’s report and it gives me the shiver. I was there when this happened. Although its not that bad in Tokyo, I still feel for what’s happening.

Really, “the nation seemed cool, unfazed even”, thats how it felt a few minutes, (hours, days) after the earthquake. If you look at the people and how they act, theres not much of a difference. Parang walang effect ang nangyaring earthquake.

But the environment, the surroundings, is a different story.