Closed captioning of: Glimpses of hope amid grief
against heart attack or stroke:
] it's my right to breathe right.
a moment of silence in the
neighborhood of l.a. last night, as there was in tokyo, marking the exact one-week anniversary of the quake that caused the tsunami that caused the nuclear emergency that will haunt
for our lifetime. the people gathered to pause, to chant, some shared stories about what had happened back home and how it had affected their lives and families. and what a week it's been. when you think about it, what a year it's been so far. but this story we've been covering in
has also offered its share of lessons. some have even found a way to find inspiration. among our correspondents on the story, we hear tonight from nbc's lee cowan.
in just a single week in
, the phrase "
worst case scenario
" has been redefined. words like "unimaginable,"" unthinkable," even "unacceptable" are thrown b even they don't convey the escalating horror. yet rising out of it all is evidence the
with overcome even this. there's proof in the sacrifice of these chopper pilots, braving radiation as they fly low over leaking reactors. there's proof in the relief workers, who have rushed from more than 100 countries to toil in the snow and ruin. and most of all, there's proof of the workers inside that plant, the unseen heroes known as the fukushima 50, struggling to avert a meltdown. bravery comes in odd places these days. especially where thing seem to have returned to normal. with no fuel, patrons at this restaurant are facing the real possibility of being trapped, if radiation comes. there's no complaining, though. instead, just a quiet determination.
if they told you you had to leave right now, what would you do?
we have to die.
we have to die. a kind of stchlt toicism even in our viewer e-mail. our families are asking us, begging us to leave, one woman wrote, but part of me doesn't want to turn my back on the country that i love. a week ago
was brought to its knees, and yet so many are still standing tall. maybe this trio of disasters did redefine "
worst case scenario
," but it also offered glimpses of the best the
has to offer. lee cowan, nbc news, london.