Every morning ever since 9/11 I wake up and turn on the news hoping that the world is still in order. Well, this morning it isn't. There has been a HUGE earthquake off the coast of Japan with a tsunami warning in more than 20 countries, including the United States. I am trying to hold it together here and not freak out.
One of my flaws is that I am too empathetic, so I get caught up in the horror and sorrow from disasters. The videos out of Japan are horrific and my heart goes out to the Japanese people as they are trying to recover from their own tsunami. Meanwhile I am feeling helpless waiting for the tsunami to hit other locations.
There is news coverage of the warnings in Hawaii. The tsunami is expected to hit there at 8 AM EST, or 3 AM local time. I am hoping they pull through this relatively unscathed. The good news is that Hawaii is relatively mountainous, so hopefully everyone will be able to get to safely. I hate to think what would happen here in Florida if we got hit by a tsunami because we do not have any elevation to evacuate to....we would be toast.
So, here I sit, and wait for the impending devastation that is coming to many countries and I wonder how this shift in news coverage will hurt Libya as their people are massacred without our attention. I feel as if this wonderful world we live in is coming apart at the seam and wonder where the next big earthquake will hit and whether the financial markets are stable enough to take the hit of major disasters right now.
Only time will tell. Meanwhile, I will be praying and wishing well to everyone that this disaster affects.