I was actually in a hospital recovery room after having a bone tumor removed from my leg when I saw this on the news. Of every major event so far in my 22-year lifetime that I was mature enough to observe and understand, this definitely had the biggest impact on me. I had seen footage of the even deadlier Indian Ocean tsunami back in 2004, but the footage that came from the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan was incredible. The 9.0 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Japan was the most powerful ever recorded in the country. The resulting damage was incredibly widespread as entire towns and prefectures were leveled.
However, the people of Japan are a very hardy, very tight community and they began rescue operations and rebuilding immediately with the help of many foreign nations. We should all remember that disasters can strike virtually anywhere, even in the most advanced nations. During these times, we should all be thankful for the help and support that the citizens and governments around the world can give to each other during these times.
September 20, 2010
March 12, 2011
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 37°49'49.00"N 140°57'22.02"E
Check back next week to see one of the worst earthquakes of the western hemisphere.