I received an e-mail from Dr. Mitsuhiro Nakagawa today outlining the difficulties faced by the Japanese people - along with an expression of their courage and strength. It is both daunting and inspiring.
"The scale of the earthquake was Magnitude 9.0. It is said to occur once in 1,000 years. We prepared the social infrastructure for an earthquake which will occur once in 100 years. This earthquake was too strong to manage. Many people died as a result of the Tsunami following the earthquake. I expect that the final number of deaths will be about 30,000.
The situation of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still serious. But, I think that we overcame the worst part of the crisis through the water dropped by the army helicopters. The Emperor talked to the people by TV. It was inspirational for our soldiers.
It is the fate for Japanese people to encounter earthquakes because we live on the Japanese Plate. A huge amount of energy was released by this earthquake. We will achieve the restoration by bringing together our wisdom and courage."