I'm STUNNED at the low casualty numbers for Japan's 8.9 earthquake. News sources say that their ultra strict building standards probably saved many lives. Haiti's 7.0 quake killed (I think) 220,000 to put that in perspective and Japan will be predicted to have lost just over 1,000 with its' 8.9 earthquake. Friggin' engineers and building policy writers definitely deserve from praise for preemptively saving a TON of people. If you haven't heard of all this, I've been keeping tabs on Aljazeera livestream news for updates and information.