March 11, 2011 – what a terrible day. The north coast of Japan was hit by a horrible tsunami after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 80 miles offshore. And now there’s a fear of a nuclear disaster. I was contacted by Fox News, The Today Show, and CNN for an interview but I declined because I’m on Kyushu Island living in Fukuoka, and we’re all safe here because it’s far away from where the catastrophe happened. Even though this is true, people are buying up water and instant ramen noodles from the local supermarkets. Now that makes me worry!
As a friend noted – The saddest part of this disaster in Japan is that it hit the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country. Most of the victims were fishermen, farmers, and the elderly. They did not live the high fashion, high technology, and trendy lives we see depicted in Tokyo life.
Thousands of people are dead, thousands are missing, over half a million people are homeless, and aftershocks keep creeping up. If you want to get involved, visit this link to learn how to help Japan! And here’s a link to the National Geographic Documentary.
Visit CNN to read and watch videos with up to date information, death toll, and destruction. Visit National Geographic to see some unbelievable tsunami and earthquake aftermath photos. And visit The NY Times for interactive before and after pictures.
You’ve probably seen it all over the news, but here are a few unbelievable videos.
Right here you can view the collection of NASA images of Sendai, Japan from space, showing the northern coast of Japan both before and after the Mar. 11, 2011 tsunami. These were taken from 220 miles above Japan. Here are some other photos from Japan. Also if you’re interested in learning how tsunamis are formed, check out their video Tsunamis 101.
Do you want to get involved? Here’s how you can help japan. My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by this devastating event.