Earlier saw a news flash from Kyodo news agency that 88000 people are missing. Hope that most of these are just stranded people and can be found and reunited with their loved ones. But as the Japanese quake cum tsunami unfolds, the death toll is going to rise above what is reported. My condolence to the Japanese people, especially those affected by this natural disaster.
This quake is reportedly few hundred times more powerful than the Acheh quake on Boxer’s Day 2004. But fortunately, Japanese people are much better prepared and hence the final death toll should be much lower. Some scientists estimated that the force unleashed by the quake is equivalent to 11000 atomic bombs.
What is most worrying is there may be a nuclear leak which will cause immediate and long term effects on humans, animals and plants if not contained well. I have always been very wary of nuclear plants because no matter how careful we can be, if something goes wrong, like in this case, nuclear leaks can be very harmful and toxic. It is in this regards that we should not allow rare earth plants to operate in Malaysia, like what was planned near Kuantan. Most countries are wary of setting up Rare Earth plants, and Australia itself does not want to have such a plant in their own country; are we Malaysians so poor that we have to become a ‘rubbish dump’ of a developed country?
I will post some photos taken from the net: (courtesy from Atlantic)