Aftermath of the Tsunami in Japan

It was one week ago that a pow­er­ful 9.0 mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck off the coast of north­ern Japan. The tsuna­mi that fol­lowed, with waves reach­ing as high as ten meters, swept as far as ten miles inward. In this video shot for The Guardian, we see the haunt­ing dev­as­ta­tion in Shin­tona, a small town in the Miya­gi pre­fec­ture (one of the areas worst affect­ed by the tsuna­mi). Amidst the wreck­age on the streets, it is quite stir­ring to peer inside some of the washed-out hous­es, where we observe bro­ken chi­na and dam­aged pho­tographs, remind­ing us how life can be so pro­found­ly and per­son­al­ly inter­rupt­ed by nature’s fury.

The Guardian arti­cle accom­pa­ny­ing this video can be read here. For more videos and resources relat­ed to the earth­quake in Japan, includ­ing ways you can help, see this post.

Eugene Buchko is a blog­ger and pho­tog­ra­ph­er liv­ing in Atlanta, GA. He main­tains a pho­to­blog, Eru­dite Expres­sions, and writes about what he reads on his read­ing blog.

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  • Dora says:

    It’s very sad that so many peo­ple died I can’t stay calm watch­ing these ter­ri­ble videos from, but the nuclear prob­lems are com­plete­ly their own fault.. why the hell would they build a nuclear plant in a known earth­quake area.. this could have been pre­vent­ed!!

  • Allison G. says:

    This is a tragedy, and every time I turn on the news, it seems as if the Japan­ese are fac­ing anoth­er post-earth­quake issue. I trav­eled to Japan 2 years ago, and I was amazed at their tenac­i­ty even then. The peo­ple I met on that trip were some of the kind­est and most wel­com­ing I have ever encoun­tered. This still proves true today even as I watch the news and read arti­cles. Despite the dan­gers of the nuclear plant, extreme weath­er, etc, the cit­i­zens seem to real­ly be work­ing togeth­er to stay strong for the coun­try and each oth­er. I hope the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty will con­tin­ue to do the same, and not just “for­get” about this in a few months (as many, unfor­tu­nate­ly, did with the case of Haiti), because these dam­ages– both phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al– will take years to heal.

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