Short story about tsunami in japan

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short story about tsunami in japan

March Was Made of Yarn by David Karashima

11th March 2011. An earthquake occurring off the north-eastern coast of Japan - magnitude 9.0, duration six minutes - unleashed a 50-foot tsunami that within fifteen minutes had slammed its way ashore, rushing inland six miles, crushing all in its path - roads, airports, villages, trains, and buses - and triggering the slow, inexorable leak of radiation from five nuclear plants. This was just the beginning. The waves did not stop; nor did the aftershocks, which were themselves rolling earthquakes of terrifying magnitude, nor did the danger from radiation, which was controlled incrementally, until the meltdown began. One year on, the overwhelming sense of loss endures. Life goes on, but life is not the same. The writers in this collection seeks to explore the impact of this catastrophe through a variety of different means. The pieces - fiction and non-fiction, poetry and manage - reconceive the events of that day, imagine a future and a past, interpret dreams, impel purpose, pray for hope. Specific in reference, universal in scope, these singular, heartfelt contributions - by Yoko Ogawa, Ryu Murakami, Yoko Tawada, Kazumi Saeki and David Peace, among others - comprise an artistic record of a disaster which raises questions for all of us who live in the modern world.
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Tsunami Recovery - A Japanese Story

The following account has been edited for length and clarity.
David Karashima

A short history of tsunami research and countermeasures in Japan

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Looking over the balcony railing, I heard a loud snap. I don't remember what happened but I found myself in the water, the brown angry swirling water. It seemed to grab me, my clothes and pull me under, like a big horrible monster trying to eat me. I couldn't let that happen. I kicked and thrashed my arms about.


The tsunami science and engineering began in Japan, the country the most frequently hit by local and distant tsunamis. The gate to the tsunami science was opened in by a giant local tsunami of the highest run-up height of 38 m that claimed 22, lives. In , the same area was hit again by another giant tsunami.

On March 11, , a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami. The effects of the great earthquake were felt around the world, from Norway's fjords to Antarctica's ice sheet. Tsunami debris has continued to wash up on North American beaches years later. In Japan, residents are still recovering from the disaster. As of February , there were still about , evacuees who lost their homes; 50, of them were still living in temporary housing, Japan's Reconstruction Agency said. More than , buildings were destroyed, , were half-destroyed and , were partially destroyed, the agency said.


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    1. Introduction

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    Earthquake a surprise

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    I live in Fukushima, Japan.

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