Message of support to Japan

The InterRidge Family extends its deepest concerns and sincerest sympathies to our Japanese friends and colleagues at this time of suffering. While as geoscientists we are all too familiar with the processes that cause earthquakes, we can only share the sadness of the Japanese people in their time of need. Such tragic events must only strengthen our resolve to understand, predict and protect against them, and yet, we are shown again and again how fragile our efforts are when faced with the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis and how limited is our knowledge. Such destructive events also remind us how small our planet is and how close we all are, regardless of language or nationality. So we hold our Japanese friends and colleagues in our thoughts as rescue work continues, resolved to strengthen our work together in the future.

Bramley Murton, IR Chair