Thursday, September 10, 2015

"And the apostles, when they were returned" - Tokyo under Threats

Big Rainfall around Tokyo

Tokyo under Threats

Rain was falling hard, sometimes very hard, with intermittent calm intervals.

It was indeed a typhoon situation.  But not only one typhoon, as one had already landed on the Pacific cost of the Tokai region, proceeding to the Sea of Japan to be downsized to a low-pressure system, though still strong, and another was moving on the North Pacific Ocean along the northeast part of the Japanese Archipelago.

This weather condition brought big rainfalls to East and North Japan.  Especially the Kinugawa River and others overflowed, causing floods in Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures some 100 km north of Tokyo.  The scenes of flooding were reported to the world through the international Media.  A shocked old woman was on a TV screen, though laudably explaining what happened to her house washed away in a decent manner to a reporter.  Helicopters rescuing local residents left desperately in houses and beside an electric pole surrounded by muddy water flowing violently were also seen on TV.

I thought a crisis was reaching Tokyo.  After the 2011 M9.0 earthquake and big tsunamis attacking the northeast part of Honsyu Island or a region northeast of Tokyo stretching 500 km, Mt. Ontake 250 km northwest of Tokyo erupted last year and a new volcanic island is now being formed with a months-long eruption to engulf adjacent Nishino-shima Island in the Pacific 1000 km south of Tokyo.    

Tokyo is vulnerable, too vulnerable as the capital of a major nation in the world.  Mt. Fuji is situated just 100 km west of Tokyo; it is a live volcano, and it can erupt at any moment after a 300-year long dormant state.  It is also said that an M7-class inland earthquake will occur immediately below Tokyo at a possibility of 70% in 30 years.  Especially if such an epicentral earthquake should happen in winter when snow is falling in Tokyo, damage and human casualties must be multiplied with fires that cannot be extinguished immediately while fire engines are slipping on icy streets.

And, now we have to count another factor: a big flood.  The Government estimates that if a big rainfall in a scale observed only once in 200 years should overflow the Arakawa River running through the north edge of Tokyo Prefecture, thousands of Tokyo residents will be killed.  But as recently typhoons are getting stronger and stronger, even often generated in a couple, the outlook looks more dangerous.

In addition, the Government has made its plan clear to restart the two nuclear power plants of the world largest class, though it will take years still: the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Plant located in Niigata Prefecture, 250 km north of Tokyo, and the Hamaoka Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, 250 km west of Tokyo.  But, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is not yet satisfactorily fixed.  Its melted nuclear fuel is not yet recovered from its three nuclear reactor units so badly destroyed by the 2011 tsunamis.

If another nuclear accident should be triggered in these nuclear plants to be operated again sometime in the future, people around Tokyo would be beaten so desperately psychologically and physically, since the Fukushima Daiichi Plant is also 250 km far from Tokyo, and there was a chance that Tokyo was covered by dangerous radioactive substances released from Fukushima, though it was narrowly avoided in March 2011.

Therefore, you must think that it is very lucky if the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics should be carried out without suffering a natural disaster or a man-made tragedy.

With this notion, however, people around Tokyo are watching TV reporting refugees moving from Syria to Germany only with remote compassion.  But if Tokyo is destroyed, where will they go?  In the case, the world might kindly observe Tokyo with remote compassion, at best.

So, I went back home as the rainfall became soft, spotting a slit-like bright part in the sky westward emerging just like a consolation to good men living somewhere in Tokyo who might be watching the column-like series of rain clouds coming up from the Pacific, extending vertically from the south to the north over Japan, which is very rare, and moving and sweeping eastward across Tokyo on TV.

Upper photo shows Nishinoshima Island (back), an uninhabited islet in the Ogasawara islet chain some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, and a new island formed nearby as a result of an undersea volcanic eruption, on Nov. 21, 2013; the bottom photo shows the same two islands on Dec. 20, 2013.

Nishinoshima continues to grow
Volcanic Island Nishino-shima

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Luk 9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
Luk 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.