Catastrophe in Japan

Over the weekend, Japan faced catastrophic events. They had a massive earthquake at 8.9 magnitude on the scale with numerous aftershocks and huge tsunamis followed. The whole country shook, literally. Japan is now 8 feet closer to the East. It was very shocking to see the disaster happening live on TV as the residents of Japan took videos and uploaded them on YouTube. Social media was the most useful tool for Japan to use to ask for help. People around the world were able to get instant SOS from them through Twitter or through social networking sites like Facebook. Even news channels depended on them to get the latest stories from the victims. A lot of people criticized that social media is a negative effect on our society. Look at how much it has done for Japan. In a matter of days international reliefs and other countries have reached out to help right away. Social media is a very useful tool when it comes to situations such as these. At this very moment, Japan is still shaken by the incidents that had happened. Due to the terrible circumstances, some nuclear plants have leaked. However the Japan government assured people that it is at low figures at the moment. They are trying their best to cool down the plant to prevent for worse scenarios.

Japan is one of the most advanced country in the world – technologically. In fact they are at least 20 years ahead from all of us. I believe that they will be able to get back on their feet and overcome what has happened to them. I salute to the Japanese. Even the senior citizens had quick initiative on what to do when a tsunami or an earthquake happens. If the same terrible disaster happened in another country, I know for sure it would be worse. Right now Japan just needs help in surviving and picking up the pieces that’s left from the monstrous disasters. People have been discussing that a lot of organizations are going to take advantage and use this time to make money from the donations that are going to pour in heavily. I think people should decrease donating money and increase donating physical things like canned goods and warm clothes. We shouldn’t be depending on money to help them. One woman in Japan literally said on TV that she would rather receive food and warm clothes than money. We shouldn’t rely too much on the humanitarian organizations to buy the things for us to get the proper materials needed for the victims. If we are sincere, we should give the humanitarian the things we want the victims to physically get. We complain too much about how humanitarian reliefs don’t utilize our donations properly. Well it’s about time we change the type of donations we pour in.


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    • I read your “another piece” post. It is very direct and euphoric. Unfortunately we humans aren’t very generous unless we’d get something out of it. Getting back to your story, why didn’t stop the other guy and ask him politely if it was really his money before he left with the money? If you feel angry about it and knew that it was a wrong thing to do, why did you just sit there and watch it happen right in front of you? Honestly, I would go up and ask the person if it was really his. If I happen to stumble upon a wallet or a sum of money I usually go up to cashiers, waiters in the cafe and tell them about it and give the wallet or money to them. Usually the real owner comes back for it when they realized that they had lost it. First person they ask are the people behind the cash register. No offense, you should just have done that rather than watch it all happen. You complain about how ignorant people are yet you just proved in your post that you are one. Just a thought.

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