Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering March 11th, 2011

Today marks the anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Last year, a massive 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan.

The earthquake was the largest recorded earthquake in Japanese history. It triggered several aftershocks and a large tsunami.The giant waves crashed over the area, demolishing homes and anything else in it's path. This resulted in several nuclear accidents and problems with the Fukushima reactor we're currently having.

Dozens of homes, cars, and lives were swept away that day by the tsunami. Over 18,000 lives were lost. The damage to the region was extensive, and a year later there's still much work to be done. Very little of the rubble has been removed due to the fear of radiation.

I can hardly believe it's been one year since then. I remember hearing about the earthquake and seeing how panicked everyone was. Since I don't live in Japan, my only connection to people is online. Almost everywhere I looked for information, people were wondering about loved ones, about people they didn't know, about each city. It was scary. Slowly we all got word that people we knew were safe, and mourned for those lost.

Anime were shown off schedule, delayed due to the earthquake and tsunami. A whole bunch of jerks complained they weren't getting their weekly dose of animu. Luckily, most didn't pay them any mind. For weeks, some anime put inspiring messages before the episodes, and the words "Ganbare Nippon!" (Let's Go, Japan!") could be seen everywhere to lift spirits.

Today, things have gotten a little better. Although it's not the best, people are still trying to get their lives together. I have hope that Japan will get back on its feet. It may take some time, but Tohoku will return to the beautiful region it once was. In the future, I hope to travel to Japan not only to photograph the sights and visit, but also to help the people there and show their lives and experiences through my photos.

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