Essay on The Disaster Of Japan Pacific Coast Earthquake

1310 Words Oct 10th, 2015 null Page
On 11 March 2011, all international news broadcasts were fixated on Japan, for an unfortunate reason; a natural catastrophe that has struck the Tohoku region of Japan without warning. The calamity was instantaneously announced through viral videos, emails, Twitter feeds, social media and live broadcasts on both international and local Japanese news programs, with the global network news reporters clambering through the rubble (Bestor, 2013). This unprecedented natural disaster that has shocked the world is known as the Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake and formally known as the ‘Higashi Nihon Daishinsai’ (the Great Eastern Japan Disasters). From a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake, to a 15-meter tsunami which ultimately resulted to a nuclear meltdown that is rated 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) scale. It was a triple chain disaster that has left Japan’s tourism industry, economic sector, societal health greatly devastated.

The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake or the commonly referred ‘3/11’ disaster, first began as a submarine earthquake, from a powerful movement beneath the seafloor off the coast of Miyagi prefecture (Akira, 2013). The earthquake, then gave birth to massive tsunami waves that swiftly engulfed the east coast of Japan, especially with Sendai, which received the greatest blow. However, that was not the end of the fourth strongest earthquake recorded internationally. Following the earthquake, the Fukushima Daiichi, Fukushima Daini, Onagawa Nuclear…

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