2011 Tohoku Earthquake And Tsunami
March 28, 2012 by staff
2011 Tohoku Earthquake And Tsunami, March 11th will forever impact Japan as the day the world’s most destructive earthquake – one of the top five most powerful earthquakes recorded since 1900 – struck the island nation’s northeast coastline triggering a natural disaster like none before it. The earthquake produced a massive tsunami that swept across the northeast coast and inland.
The combined disasters destroyed buildings, infrastructure and land, creating an international scare with the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Nearly 20,000 people were killed or are still, a year later, listed as missing.
As part of a planned memorial on the one-year anniversary of the devastating events, the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, and the Emperor and Empress, joined 1200 people in Tokyo to remember the events of March 11, 2011. The group offered prayers at 2:46pm (Tokyo) – the exact time the initial earthquake began.
Prime Minister Noda spoke at the event, noting that many from the northeast region of Honshu, Japan’s main island, are still limited in their daily lives. He explained the government is making efforts to improve safety conditions in the affected areas and the Prime Minister expressed his determination to do everything within his power to restore the affected towns to their previous beauty.
Several family members of victims from the affected Prefectures spoke at the memorial ceremony, offering their gratitude for support throughout the most difficult experiences of their lives.
Emperor Akihito, who underwent heart surgery a week ago and has struggled with various health concerns for the past year, also spoke at the event. His time at the memorial was limited, due to health concerns, but the Emperor’s determination to be part of the memorial reflects the unwavering strength of the Japanese Spirit, especially during times of difficulty. Emperor Akihito made a request of all Japanese to remember those who have been and are still affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and for all Japanese to work together to rebuild and recover the northeast and affected regions.
Recovering from such an unexpected and destructive experience as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami will take far longer than a mere 365 days, but Japanese history shows that, during times of great adversity, the Japanese Spirit always carries the island nation and her people through to even greater success.
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