4 Years After the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami: Tohoku Now

  • VARIOUS AREAS
  • The tragic earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku may still seem fresh for many of you. It was the most disastrous phenomena which occurred last March 2011, killing and injuring numerous people in Japan. It was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the area. I remember being at home that time and started panicking when the news announced tsunami may affect other countries as well.

    Tsunami: Pictures from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan (March 2011)

    Back before the Disaster

    Tohoku2

    Tohoku region can be found on the largest island of Japan, Honshu, in the north-east. This place is known for its scenic beauty which many tourists are actually looking for. The place is remote and breathtaking. As you can see above, hills predominate the region. You can just imagine how beautiful it is in the spring season. It is a very significant region for it supplies rice and other farming commodities to Sendai and Tokyo-Yokohama areas.

    Tohoku Now

    Tohoku3

    Every year, on the 11th of March, the date of the disaster, people all around the world commemorate the event. It has been 4 years since the disaster and Tohoku area is still receiving aid for a faster recovery. This kind of disasters takes a really long time to recover from.

    Tohoku4

    Tohoku5

    It is said that about 10,000 people are still living in temporary housing since the disaster. Many of them are still feeling the grief and hopelessness. The event has really taken a toll on the survivors’ lives. The region has already started a full-scale building for the residents permanent dwellings. Many of these survivors have taken the leadership roles so as to enhance the Japanese society. Everybody learned the importance of human bonds which is very rare in Japan. Now, more people try to make interpersonal relationships more essential.