The Devastation in Japan

Posted: March 22, 2011 in current events, suffering

Today, NPR reported once again on the devastation in Japan.  They’re latest story, however, paints a more vivid picture of the destruction and damage done to certain areas along the coast.  JJ Sutherland writes about Kesennuma, a once busy fishing port in northeastern Japan:

At the entrance to the harbor, a lone tuna trawler sits in the middle of a road. The ship displaces 800 tons. Its mammoth form rests neatly, straight up on the harbor road, as if it was placed there gently. Floating, unmoored, are the burnt-out hulls of two more trawlers that almost seem to be leaning up against each other for support, their decks blackened from fire. Another burned hulk lies beyond them.

Then you look across the bay. They seem like toys from the distance, and then you realize there are another dozen or so ships of a similar size tossed about like children’s toys on the land on the other side of the water.

Later in the article he writes,

Driving back through the town, wreckage is piled high on either side of the street. The wave that came through here was 30 feet high. The first floors of buildings were shredded from the force of the water. The concrete and steel buildings are at least husks; there aren’t many wooden structures left — they were reduced to kindling. This goes on for block after block, with bent streetlights crumpled where they bowed down before the water.

Let’s make sure we’re praying for the people of Japan as they work to recover from this difficult and painful disaster.

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