Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 10:46:38 PM EST
As we start another week of recovery from the Japanese disaster, there are several things we can say, firstly it has been a terrible disaster: the death toll is still rising, and will be for several more days as bodies are recovered from the mangled wreckage, and people begin to realise that those who are unfound will more and more likely be moved over into a column marked lost.
Another thing we can say is there are thousands of unacknowledged heroes, civil engineers who designed buildings that didn't fall down,
Technicians who designed and built the Tsunami warning system,
Emergency planners who had worked on routes to safe ground in the path of a tsunami and signposted them.
Architects and builders who hadn't scrimped on materials and shaved the odd dollar off the bill just to put some extra cash in their pockets and so provided buildings that would turn into death traps under the influence of shaken earth. Politicians who pushed through these things rather the instant gratification of the quick tax cut for electoral gain. All of these people helped prevent what was a disaster becoming a much greater catastrophe and so deserve our applause for the lives that they saved.
the next week will be full of stories of families reunited, temporary housing constructed, food and supplies delivered, and wreckage cleared as the full emergency system swings into effect. Hopefully as well we can say the Nuclear problem is finally, brought fully under control. Only then will we be in a situation when we can truly begin to answer whether there were things we could and should have done differently to minimise the effects when something like this happens again.