The devastation that has occurred from the tsunami is just mind-blowing. But it's possible that it needn't have been so bad. Apparently, the coastal regions that were hit so hard were originally made with an ecosystem that could better withstand that kind of activity. Here's an article about the deforestation and coastal development that left the area defenseless against the tidal waves.
This week, Los Angeles is being pounded by record-setting rainstorms. Tuesday night I was bringing the kids home from my brother's after-Christmas party. There was nowhere to park on our side of the street. I had to park across the street and a couple of houses down. Making two trips across the street, slogging through flooded gutters to carry in bags and babies while rain poured down on us. Scolding myself for parking so close to a tree as I pulled the kids out of the car while lightning flashed over our heads. Deputizing the 11-year-old to escort the 5-year-old across the street at night with such poor visibility.
When we were finally all tucked into our beds, I breathed a sigh of relief. What a night. Thank God we're all inside now, safe and dry.
Then I remembered what I had been listening to on the radio during that rain-soaked drive home. Thousands of people and whole towns being swept away by walls of water. The death toll getting higher every hour.
I felt a bit spoiled and a bit stupid. And even more thankful to be inside, safe and dry.
Everybody go donate some money. I'm going right now.