There is a theory, and it's been knocking around the interweb for a few weeks now, that after the full moon on the 19th of March, given it will be closer to the earth than it has been for 18 years, then a series of bad things happening is inevitable. Whilst not wanting to rain on the Looney Tunes contingent conspiracies, (and I know it's a tough call to go against the never-let-the-truth-get-in-the-way-of-a-good-story experts at the Sun on this one), I should point out that when the tsunami happened on Friday the moon was in fact 40,000km further away than the closest it will get on March 19th.
Moving on, one of the disconcerting things, when trying to find ones way around Japanese cities, is the house numbering system. The oldest house in a street will be number 1, the second oldest, (which may be quarter of a mile away would be number 2 and so on. After the events of this week, they're going to have to rethink the whole thing because as we've watched on television, the house that used to be at No 3 has now moved to No 76 and in extreme cases has a new post code somewhere south of the Aleutian Islands.
Usually, and somewhat lightheartadly, I employ the phrase, "Seismic Storm," to describe the latest eruption to hit Haslemere from Mrs Flashbang. This time, as they say, it's different.
Apparently, there is a 70% probability of a 7.0 + magnitude recurring in Japan the next couple of days. Indeed, many of the 200 + aftershocks have registered over 6.0. Some experts suggest that it would be fair to expect a quake one magnitude lower than the original; that would be an 8.0 then.
Of course, the Japanese have a reputation for collective enduring discipline. They're going to need it, especially if another quake shakes rattles and rolls them. Their heightened preparedness and awareness from a very early age dampens the human urge to flap and regular drills, education and training reduces casualties. Knowledge, as was the motto at the old Parachute School, dispels fear.
Given there has been no general panic despite earthquakes, a tsunami, a volcanic eruption and the threat of nuclear meltdown, (I think Blue fin Tuna are off the menu for a while), impending food, fuel and medical shortages and we can only respect their fortitude. These events will have a transformational impact on their society for a multiplicity of reasons and may have implications for the rest of us. For now though, given their generosity to other countries hit by disaster over the years, we can do a little to help them out.
Should you care to, you can donate via the Red Cross here.