With the tragic events from Friday’s earthquake in Japan, I thought there was more than enough blog posts about the actual disaster that are properly researched and talk about it more eloquently, so I’m not going to delve into those specifics.
Rather, I wanted to discuss natural disasters in general – and my apparent fascination with them. I think the first time in my memory that I realized I was interested in this topic was in grade 7, when we had to pick a topic to do our Independent Study Project (ISP) on. I chose Mount St. Helen’s. The information I absorbed while researching about that 1980 volcanic eruption was absolutely fascinating to me. The uncertainty, the sheer magnitude and power of such a destructive force was mesmerizing. Not in a sadistic way, but just something so huge seems almost surreal.
Ever since then, I’ve loved learning about them. I love natural disaster movies like Dante’s Peak or Twister, whereas Volcano was pretty ridiculous so I stand corrected. I love REALISTIC natural disaster movies. And not with the intention of making light of what happened in Japan, but I’d really like to look into more of the actual scientific part of the disaster. There was a map that was released, showing concentric circles of how many hours it would take for the tsunami waves to hit Hawaii, North & South America’s west coasts… that really interested me to see how they figure that stuff out.
For a brief time, I wanted to study natural disasters as a career but in high school, I had no interest or talent in sciences or maths, and quickly dismissed that career path. Little did I know that, had I actually applied myself to it, I probably would’ve done well at it. Instead, I’m now a “mini” storm chaser… I love watching thunderstorms and it’s my goal to actually take a picture of one. I’ve caught some before but they’re really videos from my camera that I screengrab later. Now with my new DSLR camera, I’m determined to snap one. You can see a few of the storm pics I’ve posted other storm pics I’ve posted. I’ve got some other good ones that maybe I’ll share at one point!