Temporary Tsunami Assembly Area

When I think of the folly of human beings both in the past and in the present I can’t imagine most of the awful things that might befall us.

The Greeks, unless they get their act together (and this is highly unlikely) may wake up one morning to an economic situation so severe that their elderly and disabled may well starve to death while stranded in their own homes.

The new nuclear deal with Iran has probably merely delayed a conventional or perhaps limited nuclear attack by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Israelis know too well what happens to a people who don’t resist oppression. They aren’t going to fool around with Iran.

So what else could go wrong?article-0-0D924D9F000005DC-785_964x591

John, HK3C sent me this cheery little article from The New Yorker magazine called The Really Big One.

We’re not talking about the really big one that hit Japan in 2011 and described in the article as an enormous magnitude-9 earthquake that killed more than 18,000 people, devastated northern Japan, triggered the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant (where engineers had installed water cooling pumps which were immediately disabled by sea water) and caused an estimated $220-billion dollars damage. abc_promo_before_after_jef_120306_wmain

No, we’re talking about the potential for an equally large earthquake or larger that is well overdue and will cause parts of Canada and most of US west coast to disappear under a mountain of water killing millions perhaps and causing a large area of the continent to be both uninhabitable and, at least for some days if not weeks and months, totally unreachable by anything other than helicopters.

Read the article and think about it the next time you’re thinking maybe our club should form an Amateur Radio Emergency Service group in our town.

When all else fails…and read the article to understand the folly of the headline I’ve used.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

2 thoughts on “Temporary Tsunami Assembly Area

  1. Peter is NOT a fear monger. I think he is presenting what the future may bring.
    We live in comfort and Joy in Canada, relatively, but we are NOT really prepared to handle emergencies. Maybe we are, but I don’t hear anything from our local Emergency Organizations as to how they are equipped to handle a disaster?
    Let me know…I am interested !

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