As the towns in Japan crumbles: The people of Japan and other countries stand united to fight back at nature
I remember a while back in 2008 I wrote a post when the Burma and China natural disaster happened, two years on I find myself writing another one about natural disaster, but this time about Japan. Truth be told, these kind of news/events still deeply affect me, as I watch it unfold in front of the TV, I cannot help as tears roll down my eyes. However the emotions I am feeling are nothing compared to the physical and emotional pain that those being directly affected are feeling. I cannot bare to imagine what their world feels like. It breaks my heart.
In the early morning of Friday 11th March 2011 as most of the people in the UK was fast asleep( 05:46 GMT – 14:46 Japan time), across the Atlantic in Japan, their world was crumbling and crashing down on them.
When a massive earthquake measuring a staggering 8.9 on the Richter scale rocked their world, creating a tsunami which ripped itself through parts of Japan, crushing and destroying everything in it’s way from buildings to vehicles to people, little was left at it’s mercy.
As I walked obliviously to work, listening to my music, so many people’s world was being crushed. As I was about 10 minutes away from work I took out my phone to check BBC news, which I do most morning, however this time I literally stopped walking when I read the news, as I stood in the middle of the pavement, numbed by what I was reading. When I got into the office I rushed to the PC to watch the clip that was on the BBC news website. I was gobsmacked and shocked. Thinking to myself, how is this happening? It was like watching a movie, but of course a million times worse, because this was real. I could not believe what I was seeing I asked myself why is this happening to a country where the people are so nice, polite and friendly?
As the day went by, I could not help but keep checking, wishing and praying that it was not going to get worse. Yet it was as they suffered another 50 or so aftershocks.
As the world watched in disbelief, hoping and praying that this was not going to get any worse, nature had other plans….
By Saturday, the Japanese government had assembled many rescuing teams and many countries including UK,USA, Australia, China, South Korea…had offered helped too.
Many parts of the affected areas had now lost power and water. Roads were non existence as they were destroyed by the quake or tsunami or blocked off by the result of the quake. The death toll by this time was around 1,300 however this was expected to rise dramatically as thousands were still missing.
To make matters more destructive there was an explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant of the first reactor
Sunday 13th March – Japan continues to be pushed to it’s limits as many are evacuated from the Fukushima area amid fears that the nuclear plants could still explode further as it continued to heat up and they struggle to reduce the heat levels.
Japan’s Prime minister(Naoto Kan) appeals to Japanese citizens “to unite in overcoming what he says is the country’s worst crisis since the Second World War.”
As the death toll continued to rise as hours pass by, the world watched in shocked, many countries doing as much as they could to help. The world united to aid fellow people as 91 countries step up to offer help in different ways.
Monday 14th March – A second hydrogen explosion occurs at the Fukushima plant again, this time from reactor 3.
As many parts of Japan crumbles creating a multiple affect onto it’s economy and the world stock markets dips dramatically as a result of the fear of Japanese markets and the fuel issues. In response to this, the Bank of Japan injects a record 15 trillion yen into it’s money market trying to stabilize the economy, but the market continues to panic. Even before this natural disaster the Japanese economy was still recovering, this has now been severely hampered and will now set it’s economy back even more.
Tuesday 15th March – reactor 2 explodes. As authority now fear radioactivity spreading as a result of this, many near the area are evacuated and others told to stay indoors and ensure that their home are airbound.
Death toll has now risen to 3,000 and it is feared at least 10,000 may have been killed.
As the weather becomes more extreme, rescue workers fighting against nature and time, as the time period since the start of the disaster increases they face a fall in the discovering of survivors, but everyone still hopes and pray and there is still hope as rescue workers do pull out survivors still and people are reunited with love one.
- An elderly man was pulled out from a collapsed building in Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, 96 hours after the disaster
- A 70-year-old woman was rescued after 92 hours from rubble in the coastal town of Otsuchi
- A young boy is reunited with his mother in Yamada
Wednesday 16th March:
As rescue workers and survivors continue to fight back against the disaster. Japan’s Emperor Akihito has made a rare appearance on TV as he says he is “deeply worried about the crisis his country is facing following last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times.”
I wonder why it’s all still getting worse, as if everything was not enough already, it has now started to snow in many areas of Japan that was affected, hampering survival and rescue work further. As shortage of food, water and power continue to become a major issue. However I have faith in the people of Japan, because
-they are a nation that holds great strength
-they have the respect and heart to bond together to help and support each other
-they have the technology and skills to deal with earthquakes.
I also have faith in the other nations who will do everything in their power to assist Japan.
I also have faith in God, even though this disaster is very bad and lots of suffering is endured, I believe he has his results, they may not be clear to us but God knows what is happening and the reasons behind it. At the very least we can observe that in difficult times, the world unites as one and stands together.
Please join me in praying for all those that have lost their life to rest in peace, and for those that are still missing to be found safe and for all those that are suffering to be helped. May God please be with everyone at a very difficult time like this.
Please help, think if the tables were turned around how you would feel and how you would require help from as many people as possible. Now look around you and see how much luxury you have, how you have all those you love and care still and how you have all the basic necessities a hand reach away, and how lucky you are. Please just spare a little bit of money to help those that have lost so much, their loved ones, life, home, possessions and in some cases everything. You cannot make this all better but you can do your bit and help them ease their heart ache. They still pray and hope, and God is still answering their prayers. You can help in carrying them to the other side, where there is light.
On their behalf I wish to say please donate as little or as much as you can: it may not mean the world to them now but it will help them immensely and in time it will help them rebuild their broken world.
On their behalf I also would like to thank you for taking the time to read about whats happening to them and for helping.
If this little girl could survive a massive disaster then so can many others, you can help make their survival percentage higher by providing some donation which will go towards food, rescue works and assistance to help find more survivors and rebuild a shattered nation.