Last month, for the second time in a little over two years, an island nation was beset by a cataclysmic natural disaster that took thousands of lives. Unlike the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Haiti’s capital Port au Prince and killed more than 300,000 people in January 2010, the disaster in Japan last month is still unfolding weeks later in ways that could affect the region for years to come.
As the situation in Japan worsens following last week’s triple disaster of a 9.0 earthquake, a tsunami and the steadily deteriorating status of a major nuclear power plant, the U.S. State Department has warned Americans in the country to consider leaving. Through its embassy in Tokyo, the department announced today that it will be arranging for charter flights to evacuate U.S.
Engineers from British consortium FBH (Bristow Helicopters and FR Group) are maintaining two Bell 212s that have been sent from Brunei to Sumatra, to support the disaster relief program following the December earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.
If ever there was a time for rotorcraft to prove their worth, it was during these past five weeks assisting in the relief effort for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami.