UPDATE 3/17: Wellesley’s John Halamka, a healthcare IT/business pro, also reflects on Japan, which his family has a number of ties to. He writes on his blog, in part: “Despite hunger, thirst, and cold, there has been no looting. There has been no public violence. The government announced the need for rolling blackouts to address energy shortages. The Japanese people conserved on their own and no blackouts were needed.”
People of Wellesley, like everywhere else, have been keeping a close eye on Japan’s earthquake/tsunami aftermath.
Wellesley Public School Superintendent Bella Wong wrote in her weekly note that she can somewhat relate in that she was living in San Francisco when that city was struck by an 6.9 earthquake in 1989. “I lost a single platter that shattered during the brief tremor. My home was built over rock. Just three blocks away an entire neighborhood built on filled in ground, like Boston’s Back Bay, has the ground ‘liquefy’ as waves rolled through as if it were water and all the homes were reduced to rubble…” Wong said the earthquake affecting Japan is a good reminder for people here not to sweat the small stuff and to appreciate what we have.
Separately, Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly wrote about her thoughts with the extended Wellesley community in Japan.
Babson College is also reaching out to alumni, students and staff to help people directly affected by the disaster in Japan, and expects more organized activities to emerge once students return from Spring Break.
If you are aware of Wellesley efforts to help the people of Japan, feel free to let us know here