Though the earthquake that struck Japan's eastern coast earlier today
has left the country with massive destruction and hundreds of deaths,
modern technology (and Japan's impressive level of readiness) are helping the country track survivors and dampen the damage as much as possible. In the future, our ability
to cope with natural disasters will only increase, due in large part to
the particular talent earthquake-vulnerable areas--especially Japan (and
to a lesser extent, California)--have for robotics.