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After watching one of the first-hand videos of the Tsunami in Japan I
instinctively went to the wiki page to find out more. It was apparent that
there has been a lot of work, study and mathematical analysis of Tsunami’s;
their power, magnitude and scale. I wasn’t a math major in school, but I was
able to take some time to study the formula’s and try, at least on some
rudimentary level, to grasp the capabilities of a Tsunami. Then it occurred to
me, rudimentary is really an adequate description of how much
we understand about nature. We analyze and study, we probe and prod and yet,
when we witness what can happen in just a few short minutes there is no formula
for the description of such an event. It is ExE=D. Where E is equal to emotion
times itself equaling disaster. Probably not pretty math, but in trying to
grasp these scenes I believe the sensory overload is twice what most humans are
emotionally able to comprehend.
In the near to distant future there will be lessons learned, there will be
all the requisite finger-pointing but in the end we must force ourselves to
remember that we are just passengers on this earth ship. Sometimes there is no
way to accurately predict what we cannot control. As humans I know that is,
without a doubt, the most difficult concept for us to grasp. The earth’s crust
hiccups and we happen to be there to catch it. I hope places like California
are a little more aware of the imposing danger we have placed upon us. I’m also
certain some group of environmental activists-antagonists, et al, will use the
fact that it appears the earth’s axis was “adjusted” 10cm to explain even more
terrible things that are or are not happening to the planet.
For now, the people of Japan don’t need analysis, finger-pointing or
scrutiny; they just need help.
Every time I head out to take a hike of any length I find myself trying to imagine what it was like 250 years ago when it wasn’t just a hike; it was how you got to…anywhere!
Moving through a wilderness, even one where native Americans had been traveling for centuries was still an undertaking. Imagine George Washington leaving the relative safety of what was then civilization in Virginia at the age of 17 to survey the unexplored areas to the west.
Or even more incredible was Washington’s journey in 1753. He left Williamsburg, VA at the direction of then Governor Dinwiddie to go to Fort Le Boeuf, present day Waterford Pennsylvania. The trip was close to 500 miles, one way! No planes, trains or automobiles for them; all on horseback. They made the trip in about three weeks. Then in the very heart of winter had to turn around and head back. So, they had to average about twenty-five miles a day. That doesn’t sound like a lot to us today but when you are only able to go three or four miles and hour that’s a long trip in anyone’s book.
Of course, General Braddock’s expedition to take two thousand troops along a twelve-mile road, that they had to clear, through the Appalachian wilderness was probably an even more amazing undertaking and no doubt, spectacle.
Just a thought as I head out.
Tuesday January 12,2011
|Place Type||Unincorporated Populated Place|
|Located in||Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Nearby Cities||Berkleys Mill (Summit Township) 1.5 mi. W
Meyersdale 3.8 mi. SW
Garrett 4.6 mi. W
Callimont 4.7 mi. SE
Berlin 4.9 mi. N
Salisbury 8.9 mi. SW
|Nearby Cemeteries||Mount Zion-Hays 1.6 mi. N
Saint Pauls 2.1 mi. NW
Reformed (Summit Township) 3.2 mi. SW
Union (Summit Township) 4 mi. SW
Lebanon (Northampton Township) 4.3 mi. E
Garrett (Garrett) 4.6 mi. W
Highland (Garrett) 4.7 mi. W
Pike (Stonycreek Township) 8.3 mi. N
Finzel (Garrett County, Maryland) 9.3 mi. S
Saint Johns (Somerset Township) 11.4 mi. NW
Emmanuel (Garrett County, Maryland) 11.4 mi. S
Old Coney (Allegany County, Maryland) 11.4 mi. SE
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|Histopolis Place ID||747217209|