a 9.0 earthquake. 1000 time stronger than Haiti. 500 times stronger than Izmit, the quake I am most familiar with, having worked stateside disaster relief logistics on it. Earthquake measurement is on a magnitus calculation so a 9.0 is 103 in comparison with a 7.0 (Hait) abd 102.7 compared with Izmit 7.7 in 1999.
COE-DMHA has the rundown of where Japan is at in the recover process. Already building temp housing (hard sided with floors, walls, roofs etc). This time in the Izmit quake we'd just finished moving 4800 tents, light/gen sets, water storage bladders (collapsible), porta-squats, and porta-showers in from Durres on 3 cargo ferries.
Considering the logistics of that, what Japan has done is remarkable and a testament to what solid governance, preparedness, community, and prudence can do. When Izmit hit we had the tents etc stored in Durres as result of breaking down refugee camps post Clinton Doctrine bombing of Serbia and Serbian Kosovo. Durres port is semi functional even with bakshish. So it was trucking everything to Piraeus which meant our fixer in Athens had to make a run for the border with his trunk full of cigarettes and whiskey.- because corrupt fourth world border customs don't particularly care about humanitarian assistance, even from putative allies.
Allies, that's a laugh in that case. Clinton Doctrine pushed us into bed with Al Quaeda financed KLA and a gov't that turns a blind eye to human trafficking.
Also, you gotta wonder in the case of Haiti, where all the $ is going. 3.5 Billion Enough to lay drainage pipes, raise hard sided temp housing, and provide JOBS for lots of construction workers who could be trained on the job. Instead we get tents and cholara and uneven food aid distribution in an outdated, uncoordinated, and earmarked funds utter mess that does in no way foster unity among the survivors or lay a foundation for stronger communities in the future.
Have you ever wondered where the useless Loser forgetterabilia from the Superbowl and other championships goes? Inquiring minds want to know??
Ever wonder why one might rethink donating to Japan rather than elsewhere like Côte d'Ivoire read this, or Libyan refugees, or the ongoing hell of the Pakistant floods... now with added Polio ? Read the COE-DMHA report and know that Japan is doing a hell of a lot better than any of these because they do have organization and planning and a gov3ernment that is putting peoiple rather than their own enrichment first.
And they are issuing Thank You press releases on each and every country from whom they have received aid.
ReliefWeb should be bookmark for anyone tracking humanitarian situuations. Good Intentions are not enough is a fascinating blog about aid, what works, what doesnt, and what is just plain stupid.