Japan’s Earthquake: Nature Bats Last

The New York Times: Week in Review, Sunday, March 13, 2011

“The Best Laid Plans”, by John Swartz

“Japan prepared well for a megadisaster. But the earthquake on Friday illustrated the limits of safeguards and human foresight.”

Japan, a country which has experienced many earthquakes and tsumanis in its history, has been in the forefront to develop and use technologies to limit damage.  It, as well, has trained its populace to respond quickly lessening human damage.  However: “No matter how high the levee or how flexible the foundation, disaster experts say, nature bats last.”

There is an advantage to batting last.  In baseball the home team bats first; the traveling team bats last.   If the score is close, batting last is an advantage because the score in the 9th inning stays unless there is a tie.

 

From Lorne Somerville in London:

Not in cricket, Jean.  In cricket, you either want to bat first off a flat wicket (ie where you are batting doesn’t have bumps that can throw the ball) or in the middle, say 4-5, as part of a strong partnership.  Batting last (no.11) means you can be out just because you lose your partner.”

 

 

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