JAPAN'S devastating tsunami has left the country and the world fearing the effects of a nuclear meltdown. The devastation caused by the initial quake and the wave of death that followed has shocked people everywhere.
The realisation that thousands of lives are at risk should make us all pause for thought.
An enormous relief operation is under way with 200,000 people in emergency shelter and reports that radioactive gas has been released into the atmosphere.
We can now only hope that the Japanese authorities are able to contain the damage and prevent any further loss of life.
Japan might not be as quick as Haiti to seek out international relief but we must all be conscious of their distress.
Nobody can explain why these natural disasters have become so common.
But we must be prepared to react when they do.