Remembering Tohoku

I thought it would be important to write a small post about the Tohoku Earthquake anniversary in order to show my support for the affected region and people.

It’s been 2 years since the earthquake of 9.0 magnitude hit the Tohoku region, causing a devastating tsunami to ensue and a horrible nuclear accident to happen in Fukushima. Everyone will surely remember watching with horror the unfolding of events in the few days after the disaster struck.

The original seismograph from the Tohoku earthquake

My best friend was scheduled to go to Japan as a JET that year and I remember the fear that shrouded what should have been a happy event. With thousands of “flyjins” (foreign nationals wanting to return to their native countries after the disaster), the airports were crippled from an overflow of travellers desperately trying to escape the region.

The most touching story that came out of the disaster however, has to be the story of the courageous Fukushima 50, men and women who sacrificed their lives to return to the affected area and try to control the raging nuclear plant. Their courage touched and inspired so many people at home and abroad, I can only hope that their lives will have been spared from future damage caused by over exposition to high levels of radiation.

I read the other day in an official report that the levels of radiation found in fish from the affected region was 5000 times higher that the universally recognized health limit imposed by the WHO. If the produce is so highly contaminated with radiation, then how are the people supposed to return to their homes and resume their lives?

My small contribution to the relief efforts

I wanted to contribute to the relief efforts however, being abroad, there was just so much I could do. I bought a Hello Kitty doll who’s proceeds went to the Canadian Red Cross stationed in Japan and helped the relief efforts. It was a my very small contribution to a very large problem but I felt that if everyone around the world were to give at least 1$, Japan would be able to recover a lot quicker.

Even though Japan still has a long way to go, the clean up of the region and the reconstruction of houses and buildings is well on its way. It will probably several more years before it can return to ‘normal’, but the memories of the disaster will remain forever engrained in our minds and in our hearts.

Japan, fight on!

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