Having a Japanese daughter-in-law I felt real shock and disbelief at the footage of the disaster in Japan.
Nao's parents live in Tokyo - 200 miles from the region the earthquake hit - but even so strong tremors shook their city and their house suffered slight damage. How frightening must it have been. I am amazed by how calm the Japanese are, taking this catastrophe in their stride; they are a stronger race than we English.
Watching the TV coverage it made me realise how fragile the human race is, no more significant than ants upon this earth, as easy to wash away as insects after a heavy rainfall. When mother nature wants to hit us, she hits us hard.
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Japan.