On Friday, March 11, 2011, JD and I were eating our breakfast and watching the news while we waited for the kids to get ready for school and our drives to their schools. We were shocked and saddened to hear about the nearly 9.0 earthquake that had hit the Japanese northern coast overnight and the eventual tsunami that followed. We anxiously watched as the news continued to follow the flow of the tsunami to our own Washington and Oregon coasts because they also were under tsunami watch. So scary, but the west coast was all but spared for a few incidents in California.
The devastation to the country and loss of human lives has been incredible. Thousands lost their lives (mostly in the tsunami), tens of thousands are homeless and millions are without electricity, adequate water and food. As of today, there is great concern over the safety of their nuclear power plants and whether they may eventually overheat and melt the nuclear cores, producing radioactive emmission to the survivors.
Our prayers go out to the people of Japan and all those affected. Such a tragedy. As always, we are gladdened to know that our Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is already assembling assistance and has been in contact with the Church leadership in Japan how best to help the people there. All the missionaries and 95% of the members of the Church have now been accounted for as of today.
If they weren't already at the forefront of my mind, my food storage and 72 hour kits are now....