Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Scars From Tsunami After A Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake in Japan

By Yuko Aoki

The eleventh of March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit east cost of Japan. Soon after the hit, an approximate 33 feet high Tsunami stroked Northeast of Japan. The waves reached 3 to 6 miles inland from the shore line. Most of the objects, including houses, cars, and ships were flushed away. The pictures and the link below will show you before and after the Tsunami.

Japan has been known as an earthquake country for such a long time that they are well prepared for them. Structures of buildings were built to resist massive shock. However, they were not designed for 33 feet high Tsunami's. A lot of people are still missing and a lot of people are looking for them.

As an international student from Japan, I am very sad that I cannot be close to my family and friends under this circumstance. What I can do is call or email them and let them know how they are doing. Every time I see pictures of Japan, I feel sadness, not only from devastated images but also the fact that I cannot do anything.

What I can do now is just pray and donate money to support organizations which help people who lost their house, live under threat of nuclear power plant issues, need medical attention, and have stress from spending abnormal daily life.
There are several organizations like Red Cross and Doctor without borders. Please help Japan to recover from the disaster.

Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/

Doctor without borders - http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Other before and after pictures http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

Images - http://www.myfoxboston.com/gallery/news/tsunami-photos-japan-before-after

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