Two days have passed since the magnitude 9.0 gigantic earthquake struck Japan, and reality is starting to set into the minds of the people, especially those who were laughing 48 hours ago about how trains had stopped moving and everyone had to walk home. Incidentally, I was one of those ignorant people who were laughing.

It was when I stepped into the supermarket and bakery that I stopped laughing.

Need I explain more? Most of the food products, batteries, bottled water have run out of stock. People are getting paranoid of an imminent food shortage.

Don’t be mistaken, I am not against people laughing. In fact, I wish people would not be so pessimistic and paranoid about everything, but at the same time, we should constantly keep in mind the potential of a major catastrophe. Putting on glum faces for the whole day is not going to help the country recover from the nadir. Perhaps there are two things we could do to strike a balance between complacency and over-paranoia.

First, just watch the news and keep in touch with reality. Tsunami has swept away thousands of homes. Tens of thousands of people have been affected directly, not only with their homes gone, but their families and relatives uncontactable. The nuclear power plant in Fukushima has been facing cooling problems and one of the inner chambers had actually exploded, leading to a possibility of a nuclear leak. Hundreds of thousands of homes have their electricity, water and gas cut off. In order to prevent a major power failure, the electricity is going to be cut off at regular intervals amongst the prefectures/ wards.

Second, realize that rescue teams from other countries have arrived in Japan to help out in the aftermath of the disaster. With the nuclear plant still in danger, the worst might not be over, but with the help from other countries, it won’t be long until Japan is recovered from its knees, as long as the nuclear plant does us the favour of not exploding. So, we should slowly resume our normal lives again. Nothing is going to change if we stay at home thinking that we are all going to die. If there is nothing we can do to help in the rescue efforts, we should start the economy running again, albeit not using unnecessary electricity, water and gas.

Nevertheless, I wish there was more that I can do than just blogging about this, and doing my part-time job at the restaurant serving customers and bringing a smile to their faces.

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