Friday afternoon March 11, 2011 Japan time, a terrible earthquake hit Japan, followed almost immediately by a destructive tsunami and after shocks. It is one of the worst disasters in Japan’s history and the strongest earthquake in recorded history. Despite a huge loss of life, things could have been worse. That is because Japan has had strict building codes for earthquakes. So, many cities, like Tokyo, have fared well.
I wonder what lessons the U.S. and other countries will learn from this tragedy. Will we go inspect and reinforce buildings in well-known earth quake areas? Is that government intervention or good public safety? Should nuclear power be banned, or are Japan’s nuclear plant problems, one nearing meltdown as this is written, fixable?