Essay on Consequences of the Tsunami in Japan 2011

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1896, Sanriku, Japan: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rattled Japan, killing more than 26,360 people. In Tangshan, China, 1976, a magnitude 8.0 tsunami killed more than 255,000 people. 2004: The Indian Ocean experienced a 9.0 tsunami, its destruction killing more than 350,000 people. Just last year, Haiti lost 222,570 inhabitants because of a 7.0 earthquake (Brunner and Rowen 1), leaving the country in more trouble than they can dig themselves out of. Earthquakes can be predictable, and unpredictable. They can be harmless, or your worst nightmare. The consequences of natural disasters are unimaginable and it is impossible to fully comprehend the thoughts running through the heads of those left homeless or family less. On March 11, …show more content…
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to warn people about a natural disaster and expect them all to understand and take action in time. Just around ten minutes before the tsunami hit, the city of Sendai was advised to take refuge, and fast (Japan earthquake/tsunami 3). Unfortunately that was much too late. People were seen speeding away from the incoming water, and scurrying to escape the rivers that their streets were becoming. From higher grounds, videos were taken of the incoming waves. Houses were engulfed, furniture floating along through murky water, passing the occasional stop sign and traffic light. The murky water washed over the city, regardless of what, or even who it dragged along in its path. It seemed unreal how a town can be devastated in less time than it takes to brush and floss your teeth. Japanese survivors were discouraged after seeing their neighborhoods turn into junk yards and their hard work torn into pieces as easily as a thin sheet of origami paper. “We lost everything in a split second. Our lives were spared, but I am not yet convinced whether that was a good or bad thing.” - a response from a newly homeless Japanese woman. Homeless, helpless, hopeless: The tsunami took away so much more than Japan’s record of being the biggest earthquake/tsunami yet. Japan, known for largely populated

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