Today marks the 4th anniversary of the March 11th, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. On this day in 2011 the strongest recorded earthquake to ever hit Japan struck off the coast near Sendai, Japan.
All over Japan people will honor those who died in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Today at 2:46 PM local time we will all pause for prayer or reflection on the losses suffered on that day 4 years ago. It makes me very sad to think of the deaths and injuries that happened that March afternoon. More than 18,000 people were killed or are still missing as a result of this disaster.
Japan also suffered severe damage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and this is still years away from being stabilized. My city in Japan has taken in more than 60,000 people who can’t return home due to the nuclear disaster. Radiation in some areas near the reactors is too high for people to safely live or even travel to.
I am thankful that the mountains between my city and the coast are an effective barrier to the radiation and our part of the Tohuku region was spared the bulk of the radiation. We have only low background levels of radiation where I live.
Please join me in wishing the best for those families who suffered so much from this disaster. We can be thankful that our families are safe.
This clock was broken and forever marks the time when the shock waves shook my workplace until many things were thrown around the building. This time is two minutes after the earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean and reflects the most violent part of the shock waves in Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan.