24 hours without Internet access and things can change in an instance. An 8.8 magnitude earthquake yesterday in Japan now dominates the news. If shaking isn’t enough, the following tsunami and now the likely meltdown of a nuclear reactor is going to leave a devastating toll on the people of Japan. Only weeks after the Christchurch quake, we are reminded that earthquakes do not discriminate about where they strike, or the people they affect. Recent years has tended to affect more remote or less developed parts of the world, but here we see two examples of how man’s position on earth is not guaranteed by his wealth or ingenuity.