Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

Yahoo Japan
Tomorrow, March 11, 2015 marks the 4th anniversary of the Japan earthquake. The Japanese National Police Agency reported 15,889 deaths, 6,152 injured and 2,601 missing. When we lived here before I traveled up to Fukushima with the girls for the Soma-Nomaoi Festival. The area was beautiful and people very kind and gracious.

On March 10, 2011 we were living in Hawaii. I had LASIK eye surgery that morning and spent the afternoon and evening asleep. I woke up to breaking news about an earthquake in Japan. Shortly after the tsunami warning alarms going off and we could hear them through the closed windows and running AC. We lived on Ford Island, an evacuation zone. We had no idea how severe the earthquake was, but we were able to get in touch with our friends and former neighbors still living here. Not long after the earthquake the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melted. I immediately thought of the people we met and the time we spent there in 2009.

On March 11th Yahoo Japan will donate ¥10 towards the recovery for each person that searches "3.11." Last year Yahoo donated ¥25 million or about $215,000 USD. More details can be read here; the text will below the video will have already been translated into English.

Screen shot from my computer after searching "3.11" this morning.

Updated 3/11/15 to add search page screen shot.


Anonymous said...

That earthquake was so scary, even down here in Tokyo...I can't imagine what it was like in the Sendai area!


Katie said...

An ex-pat friend of ours was living in Tokyo at the time. She was at work teaching. I'm anxious to read your post, Tokyo5.