Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tsunami in Japan: The Aftermath

The damage is done, thousands are dead, homes are gone, families uprooted, and relatives missing. I'm sure you've heard of the historic earthquake and tsunami that rattled the very fabric of Japanese infrastructure on March 11th, unless of course you live under a rock with the Geico caveman. The final death count and damage is still unknown, and the effect on the Japanese economy is incalculable.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed, either by the earthquake itself shaking all of Japan at a massive 8.9 magnitude (the largest recorded), or the unstoppable floods that followed. Homes have been literally shaken to powder or just swept up and washed away under the ground-shattering quake and huge tsunami swells.

To top it off, the Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered power outages after the backup generators were flooded, causing several cores to slowly overheat and leak radioactive material into the surrounding, which now holds 1,000 - 10,000 times the normal amount of radiation.

Rebuilding will take upwards of 5 years, the costs have been estimated at anywhere from $145 billion to $320 billion, and there is fear that leaked radiation is in the drinking water and will effect small children.

I'll leave you with several on-scene videos of the earthquake, incoming tsunami, and the efforts that are now going towards rebuilding (all short videos 1-3 minutes in length each). Extremely powerful stuff.

 

 

 

21 comments:

  1. I feel very sorry for everyone hurt by the earthquake and tsunami

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  2. I thought this was horrible. What makes it worst is that some people said god was punishing them. can't ever have a natural disaster without some nut job saying they deserved it

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  3. I love your blog! I'll be super supportive and follow along!

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  4. Don't forget to donate to the RED CROSS!

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  5. I Wonder If Japan will still have 2nd or 3rd most powerful economy in the world after this happenings...

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  6. I wonder if their economy will still be 2nd or 3rd most powerful on the world after those happenings..

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  7. Wow crazy flicks, thanks for the showing

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  8. but you know, this might stimulate their stalemate economy with some new construction, and infrastructure. might be actually what they needed

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  9. ive never seen those videos! poor people..

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  10. Religious people are stupid and always will be.
    My thoughts are with you japan.

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  11. It truly is horrible what's happening with the tsunami.

    Some Americans are even saying it's payback for pearl harbour -.-

    I enjoyed reading this post, followed.

    Take a look at my blog sometime at: http://riotoflegends.blogspot.com/

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  12. That was a horrible morning. Will never forget.

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  13. What they're going through now is devastating, it makes me sad when I think of it.

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  14. very tragic what happen here in japan

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  15. Wow, those videos really put in perspective what happened...and how terrible it was. Japan is really holding their own on this, strong country.

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