I’ve been looking at the pictures on TV all day and still can’t believe we lived through it. There was a power cut and no heating, and I couldn’t call anyone after my baby was born because the phones were down. And we didn’t even know what was going on in the nuclear plant.Japanese earthquake survivor Kaori Naiji • Discussing the deadly incident, which took place one year ago today. Naiji’s daughter, Wakana, was born during the earthquake, which unleashed a major tsunami on the country. Thousands spent the day mourning the lost and protesting the scene at Fukushima, which left the country on eggshells for months afterwards. What do you remember most about the period? Do you expect to see anything like it again in your lifetime?
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued, and then lifted, a tsunami alert after the 7.1 magnitude quake which hit the same area that was devastated by a massive quake and tsunami on March 11. Officials said a 10 cm wave had been recorded.Latest Reuters update on the Japan earthquake and tsunami; looks like Japan dodged a bullet, guys.
Sunday’s quake registered 4 on the Japanese scale of 7, meaning it was felt as moderately strong. Because of the damage from the March quake and tsunami, however, many buildings in the area are structurally weak and seawalls have been destroyed, making the region more vulnerable to relatively weaker quakes.From AP story on Japan quake; while the quake was weaker, it’s important to keep in mind the buildings are, too.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, public broadcaster NHK said. The area was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March which destroyed the Fukushima power plant and triggered a radiation crisis.Reuters report on the Japan earthquake (they say it’s a 7.3 magnitude, though USGS says it’s 7.0 and we’re also hearing reports of a 7.1 magnitude quake).
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organikka-deactivated20110901-d asks: What important lessons can other nations learn from the tsunami, earthquake and power plant crisis in Japan?:
» We say: Disaster-preparedness is too important to ignore, even if the benefit isn’t obvious right off the bat. Regulations need to be strong and well-thought-out. Don’t let up on them, or the issues will be worse when they happen. And no Monday-morning quarterbacking. Do it on Sunday and plan for the game before it happens.