This morning Japan was struck by a major earthquake (8.9 magnitude), that provoked a 23 foot (7 meters) tsunami, followed by more than 50 aftershocks, one of the biggest disasters to ever happen to Japan in the last Century. While the world stood at home watching it happen directly on their TV or PC screens, the people of Japan were right there, they were forced to feel nature’s force and wrath. This is a delicate subject to talk on at this moment, but it is the immediate reality, we have to take it as it is.
I watched Japan’s tragedy unfold on TV myself, and the thing that impressed me the most was their calm and self-confidence in the aftetrmath of this situation. Japan was prepared for such a quake, they knew what they had to do, and that’s largely because they are used to earthquakes and they are instructed on how to react, at least 2 times a year, as they have training sessions for this kind of situations. Japan is one of the countries with the highest level of technology in the world, they are highly trained and prepared for the worst, most probably this prevented the catastrophe to be even more catastrophic, and maybe this will also be the most important aspect in re-building what was damaged in the short term.
For many in Japan, the internet has been the only communication path available, all mobile and analog phone systems were either down or overwhelmed. Here’s a case where the internet not only helped but was of vital importance to anyone, and here I can include email, social networking and VoIP. Interviews, voice communications were done through VoIP, and the interviews from big news TV networks were also done through VoIP (mostly Skype). This is the truth, they kept in touch using the internet and as commercial this might sound coming from a company that uses internet products, it is the reality and it helped there.
I had second thoughts on writing this on the off chance that it may be considered inappropriate, but if one denies a problem or a solution it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. I am absolutely positive after this terrible disaster Japan will be considered a role model of self-control and courage in front of such situations. Our deepest consideration goes to the Japanese people and our honest condolences to the ones who lost their loved persons in this tragedy.