I am watching news about it at the bar I am at since I don't have a TV. I knew the damage was bad, but I didn't think it was as bad as what they are showing. Sadly, I can afford to send them any more than what I already have.
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"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
My second friend has made contact. Everyone is relieved.
No country could be better prepared for this than Japan. Their culture of discipline ensures that everyone knows what to do and to stay orderly even in disaster. I think if this happened here, there would be widespread looting and violence due to panic.
Infrastructure wise, I am concerned about the North American west coast. When the big one some day hits there I don't know what we're going to do. Seattle and Vancouver for example had a 10 magnitude earthquake back in 1700 that sent a tsunami to Japan, and it happens every 200-300 years. (For those that don't know, magnitude 10 is 10 times stronger than a 9.) We're in the window for it happening right now.
Most buildings on the west coast are built to withstand a 7, but not huge tsunamis.