Two years ago today Japan was hit by a massive Earthquake. The powerful quake triggered a huge Tsunami. Such was the power of the quake that the Island's of Japan moved, literally. The devastation was terrible and in the days, weeks and months that followed the death toll continued to rise. Many people were simply swept away and their fate remained unknown.Japan and its people proved themselves resourceful as, in what seemed like record speed, they set to work clearing up and rebuilding. Roads of course were one of the vital links needing restoration in order for the rescue and rebuild efforts to begin. Emergency services had to be able to access the damaged areas.
Emergency workers from around the world joined in the rescue attempts. In time many of us have forgotten Japan but the people there have had a tumultuous two years. The people still live with the after-effects of March 11, 2011.
A damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan, should have taught the world a lesson, but it seems that it has not. Western nations are once again looking at developing nuclear power as a "clean" energy source and viable 21st Century fuel option. Whilst nuclear energy may have some advantages it has many distinct disadvantages. The most obvious con is its danger. No matter what safety measures are put in place natural accidents, terrorism or human error is always a possibility.
The fall-out from the stricken nuclear plant at Fukushima is not clearly understood yet. It will however have a lasting affect on the local area and also have a more widespread reach too.
The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011, was so extreme that it will affect people for many years to come. As such it seems fitting that today we at least mark that fateful day and remember those who suffered in this tragedy, plus those who continue to suffer. Many are still displaced from their homes.
The earthquake was the most powerful in the history of Japan ,measuring 9 on the Richter scale, which is why it triggered such a powerful Tsunami. Within two weeks of the disaster it was reported that more than 10,000 people were dead and more than 17,400 injured. The death toll a year later was revised to 19,000. At least 500,000 people were displaced and the total financial cost of the disaster has been estimated at about 25 million yen, or $300 billion.
As Japan marks this second anniversary spare a thought for the people of Japan today.