Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: The Aftermath – An Overview
“Fall down seven times, get up eight” (Japanese proverb)
There is a famous Japanese saying: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” These words perfectly reflect the courage and spirit the people of Japan have shown these last few months. Their ability to rise above such devastation as the recent earthquake and tsunami is an inspiration to us all.
Writer Maria Rainier presents an overview of the devastation that struck Japan and shook the world almost four months ago.
On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a destructive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9. The earthquake was one of the five most powerful in recorded history, and its effects caused a massive 23-foot tsunami which killed thousands of people. The destruction included that of a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, resulting
in the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. There have been over 900 aftershocks since the quake. Upon such devastation, Japan has also suffered economic effects including the revenue generated by tourism.
Damage Of Japan
Over 125,000 buildings in Japan were destroyed. Roads and railways had severe damage, and there was dam collapse. Millions of houses have been without water and electricity. Much of the destruction was caused by the unforgiving tsunami, including over 100 designated tsunami evacuation sites. The damage done to the transportation and living conditions of Japan makes it more difficult for tourists to venture there as a destination.
Attraction Site Destruction
The horrendous unforeseen force of nature devastated popular tourist sites in many areas of the country, among them, Tokyo – the top of the Tokyo Tower was bent. Kuji, a city situated in the Iwate prefecture, was also hit hard with many of its famous tourist attractions, including Kuji amber, Kuji ceramics, the Kosode Coastline, being affected.
The unexpected catastrophe caused many leaders of other nations to express their condolences, along with different associations around the world who donated time, money, and effort in order to help restore Japan.
Operating Tourist Sites
What is reassuring is that there are still people visiting Japan, and have been visiting, even days after the disaster took place. There has been much repair and great efforts to rebuild the cities and towns of Japan. And while some tourist attractions have been badly damaged, many have continued to operate. One very popular city ward Tokyo, Shinjuku, is running and well to explore, as is Tokyo Disneyland. Other such popular cities which can be visited or have not been hit catastrophically include Kyoto, Osaka, and Shibuya.
Vacation In Japan
Positive articles have been produced in Japan of tourists and their adventures after the earthquake. One such piece is “An American tourist in post-quake Tokyo” written by Stokes Young for MSNBC and published on March 14. However, I believe there is still much more other countries can do to help re-establish Japan’s reputation as being one of the best tourist destinations in the world. They need to be much more pro-active in encouraging tourist to travel there by promoting the safe and unaffected areas and highlighting the many beauty spots and fun locations that Japan has to offer, and has always offered even days after the disaster.
Photographer: Takashi Nakano (中野 貴志)
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written on home entertainment installation jobs along with a piece on welding jobs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and working with origami.