On March 11th 2011 North-east Japan was rocked by a powerful earthquake that triggered a destructive tsunami that devastated the coast and killed thousands of Japanese. Following up closely on that double whammy was the news (which unfolded right before the eyes of the world) that one of the nuclear power plants in the affected area was badly damaged and the authorities are experiencing extreme difficulties in getting the situation under control.
It has been said many times before and after the crisis that Japan is the most prepared country in the world when it comes to earthquakes and was proved true as the earthquake itself and hundreds of aftershocks were not the main cause for concern it was the deadly tsunami and the possible nuclear fallout.
I have been a Japan enthusiast for a long time. Most of my close friends and family members are aware of this but very few understand why I am so crazy about country many of my friends can’t even tell apart from China. I have always struggled to put into words just why Japan fascinates me to level far deeper that my love of anime, video games, motor vehicles and giant robots. It’s funny because last last year I was helping my sister with her homework and telling her that “tsunami” is a word that originated from Japanese.
In a strange way the disaster in Japan has helped me to explain and show why I love Japan. Even my mom has a new appreciation and understanding of the country and how disaster was prepared for and handled afterwards. Japan itself isn’t perfect but seeing videos and pictures of Japanese citizens lining up for supplies, helping each other out and not looting and rioting says a lot about the people. In Japan from an early age you are taught to be considerate and to deter your personal interests for the betterment of the larger group. So many people especially those in my native Jamaica could learn so much from Japan’s experience and response. Stay strong Japan, I know you will bounce back and recover to be even better. Inspiration for Operation Visit Japan just keeps getting higher.
Throughout the crisis I stayed on top of the news via online streams and Twitter, below are a selection of interesting links and articles I shared in random order that could be useful.
Earthquake – Tsunami – Nuclear Crisis useful links and articles
- Daily updated gallery by NY Times displaying photos of the Afternamth of Earthquake – http://nyti.ms/idxRlQ
- Homes that just escaped the Japanese tsunami http://bbc.in/eMp9Ok
- Earthquake bends top of Tokyo Tower –http://exm.nr/i6TMbC
- Japanâ€™s earthquake shifted balance of the planet http://yhoo.it/h5GFhR
- Jamaican embassy staff in Tokyo reported safe http://tinyurl.com/4bmqt2e
- Japan Earthquake: before and after http://bit.ly/eWtL3G
- Japan earthquake survivor dons scuba suit to search for wife and mother — and finds them http://lat.ms/fekTw8
- Video shot from dashboard of car as tsunami hits coastal road in Chiba http://bit.ly/hQ9YU5
- A Jamaican tells how Tokyo shook http://bit.ly/dErBTn
- 4 years ago, I wrote that Sendai was one of the places in Japan I would love to visit http://bit.ly/glN7fh
- Japanese cabinet secretaryâ€™s pic highlights stress of crisishttp://bit.ly/f5aYZu
- The Power of Community – from fellow J-blogger Sixmats who lives in Sendai http://bit.ly/gMUb40
- Jamaica/Japan exchange programme survives quake http://bit.ly/gk1EnG
- 2011 TÅhoku earthquake and tsunami – Wikipedia http://bit.ly/gxpn3k