Originally posted by Boogerhead:
Watching the tsunami approach shore,live, real-time... Well taht was one of the damndest moments.
Surreal. The images we've seen a million times, on every blockbuster catastrophe film. Got a message pointing me to a NHK feed and got to hear the anchors keeping their cool as strong aftershocks hit and they showed dark plumes rising from Tokyo skycrapers; and minutes later, the first tsunami hit. Realtime. Narrators barely managing to articulate what to say.
It was hard to watch, knowing those cars, those houses, swiped away like toys, were likely to be inhabited, a false refuge taken in haste. Still we couldn't help but keep staring. This was History, after all.
The flood of hi-res video from that point onward has, strangely, made me uncomfortable, though. Too much misery, too much suffering. Even while, out of a rare decorum, media seems to have contained itself from showing truly graphic imagery.
Around here people comment on the difference on reaction from those affected as, say, those of Katrina or local catastrophes. No looting, no riots. Some try to simplify the complex issues of hugely different socioeconomic situations with basic racist opinions. Most are more understanding; we all still remember what an event of such impact feels like, here in the D.F.
The power plant problems are sure to cause an uproar on the old debate over nuclear power. Here, there were plans for another plant aside from the already 2 working today; this is going to make those negotiations lively. At least one hopes this whole tragedy will help to review & upgrade civilian protection awareness and enforcement of building codes.
And, re: the heroic workers at that plant, one thing I read raised in twitter: what about the robots? Shouldn't this be the ideal job for them? Guess there's still a long way to go for all those uncanny valley toys that parade in the news every month.