Just last week a 6.8 magnitude quake shook Japan, resulting in a few minor injuries and zero deaths. The non-existent death toll had nothing to do with luck: God does not watch over Japan more than he does any other country in the world, and Mother Nature even seems to harbor a special hatred just for us. The truth is, we have resources that others do not. Living here, I witness first hand the extent to which nature`s blows may be softened by advanced architecture and municipal preparedness.
In the seas surrounding Japan, a highly advanced tsunami warning system is in place, one that alerts Japanese residents of a tidal wave within seconds after an undersea quake. That said, it was immensely disturbing to witness as so many other Asian countries did not get the memo when a quake struck beneath the Indian Ocean in 2004.
It is all the more painful to watch something so tragic when you know first-hand that it didn`t have to be that way. It is really too bad that Japan is so busy bickering with her neighbors (largely over events that took place during the Second World War) to tackle bigger issues and share her wealth of knowledge with those who are suffering right now.