Below is an effective montage of video footage from CNN of the earthquake hitting Japan, the tsunami destruction, and the aftermath of these two catastrophic events. In the shadow of loss of life--"more than 1,000 feared dead"--and property, the Japanese face another potential catastrophe with unstable nuclear power plants shaken by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. The area around one of the plants has been evacuated, reports the Voice of America.
My heart and prayers are with the people of Japan as are the hearts and prayers of my two adult children, both of whom have an interest in that nation and its culture. My son and daughter both decided to take Japanese in college as their foreign language, and my son has been saving money to study in Japan in 2012.