Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fukushima, now a 'Ghostown' in Japan - what we should learn about earthquakes and tsunamis

Photographer Kelly Barnes documents the futile search for survivors in the devastated northern Japanese town of Rikuzentakata. (
The great loss of lives and properties after the devastating 8.9 magnitude of earthquake at Fukushima, Japan left the survivors clinging for the thin line of HOPE to recover and be normal again.

Yet the aftereffects of tsunami and the leakage of nuclear power plant reactors in the prefecture left the government no choice but to evacuate all survivors.

Many expatriates are going back to their countries, like the USA, UK, Australia and Philippines. The Philippine embassy in Japan is helping to evacuate those Filipinos who are affected by earthquake and its aftermath.

                                    Panic buying on food, car fuels and water are apparent that even the local residents opted for foreign assistance from the UN (United Nations Organization).

Even the Japanese Emperor Akihito (125th emperor)  publicly appeared on television  and announced the royal family's sympathy on the demise of his affected citizens.

In times like this, the presence of the royal family will inspire people to gain confidence and rebuild what's have been left the the crippling calamity that invaded their place.

Did we learn the lessons of the wrath of nature? I hope all of us do. We can never stop it from coming. All we have to do is to be prepared on the possible outcome of such malady.

(A video footage and reports from CNN during Japan's earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011)