Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I'm OK, thanks for askin.
Anyway, I let everyone know I was fine, and even posted the previous blog post before I found out how bad the earthquake and subsiquent tsunamis had been.
Then the western 24 hour news media really sunk it's teeth into the story. A man was found 9 miles out to sea, a nuclear power plant had an explosion, the cast of Twilight had to evacuate Vancouver.
I could hardly go online without seeing some misinformed person on the other side of the world saying, "Cancel your travel plans to Japan, it's not safe over there!" Jon is coming to visit me next month and someone wrote to him that Narita airport is a mess and he should rethink his vacation.
Other people worry about nuclear fallout traveling to California. Someone on Facebook said that Japan refused to accept help from the US (FALSE). #PEARLHARBOR started trending on Twitter.
My dad is not convinced I'm safe as he sees the press cover the devistation more and more.
A lot of people are missing. They dont even know how many thousands died. It's devastating to the country and will take a long time to bounce back from.
No one should cancel travel plans to Japan. The last thing this country needs is to lose tourism dollars right before cherry blossom season.
EDIT: As I wrote this a 6.0 earthquake hit Shizukoa, south-west of Tokyo. The news anchors have put their helmets back on.