For Japanese, the disaster of the Tohoku great earthquake is a nightmare that never goes away. Three years ago the 9.0 magnitude quake struck the Sendai region on March 11, 2011.
In Tokyo, the word “Jishin,” meaning earthquake, is a big part of daily life and culture. Signboards on the streets indicate the nearest emergency shelters and an earthquake forecast alert app, made by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), is on everyone’s smartphones. The people try to stay alert for the next big disaster.
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The Lede has video recorded from the dashboard of a delivery driver’s car as the tsunami rushed through streets in Japan. This is fascinating POV footage, and it’s equally haunting as you can see how completely normal that day was for these people.
This came through our Twitter, and appears to be footage of a July 19th, 2011 meeting between residents of Fukushima Prefecture—which was heavily hit from the 3-punch combo of earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear fall-out.
Residents are demanding “that the government evacuate people promptly in Fukushima and provide financial and logistical support for them” to a government representative. At one point (2:50), the government representative is asked to test the urine of children—and that person refuses. Semi-chaos ensues (“Test this urine!”, “Do you not have children?” “Please don’t run away!”).
When the worst earthquake in Japan’s history and the subsequent tsunami knocked out all power in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, editors at the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, the city’s daily newspaper, printed news of the disaster the only way they could: by pen and paper.
Wow, this is pretty amazing.
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