Life is not easy in Japan. Japan's geographical location is hazardous as several tectonic and oceanic plates are embedded under the islands of Japan. Japan squats on the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates.
MARCH ELEVEN 2011 proved to be a Black Friday in the history of Japan when a tyrannous Tsunami from the pacific ocean swept the city of Sendai, killing more than a 1000 people and massive destruction of the city in minutes. This added up to the list of natural disasters that have devastated the land of the rising sun.
Life is not easy in Japan. Japan’s geographical location is hazardous as several tectonic and oceanic plates are embedded under the islands of Japan. Japan squats on the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates.
Thus, it makes Japan a home-ground of calamities. Whenever there is tremendous bustle underneath pacific ocean, it brings problems for Japan. The oceanic and tectonic plates when collide with each other, it gives rise to earthquake which further results in tsunami if earthquake is of a great intensity.
In earlier times too, Japan has experienced devastating tsunamis and earthquakes. The worst earthquake in terms of loss of lives and destruction is the The Great Kanto earthquake. It came in the year 1923 and killed about 1,00,000 people.
Another devastating earthquake that hit Japan was in the year 1995 that battered the city of Kobe and other nearby regions. This earthquake killed 6, 000 people and injured about 4,15,000 people. 1,00,000 homes were completely destroyed and about 1,85,000 were heavily damaged.
There are a number of active volcanoes and hot springs in Japan that erupt frequently. Rains during the rainy season in the month of June-July brings waterfloods and landslides. The month of September is the time when typhoons pose threat to the country.
There is a threat of calamities throughout the year. Nobody knows when a calamity can strike and destruct which part of the country. Agriculture, too, is not widespread in the country. Natural calamities affect agriculture badly. Not just the agriculture, infrastructure of the country too gets destroyed. It is sad but true, that nobody can help it. Earthquakes and tsunamis cannot be stopped. The poor people and countries that are affected are obliged to bear the nature’s fury.
A Japanese is thus always prepared for disasters. There is special emphasis on training educating the people about disaster management. The inhabitants of Japan are aware of the geographical threats. Every Japanese family keeps an emergency kit ready and ample of food. The people of Japan face the atrocities of natural calamities and this time, there is a threat of man-made calamity too i.e, of possible radiation.
History has witnessed that Japan underwent numerous catastrophes but still, the hardworking Japanese have established themselves in the field of technology. In the past too, Japan has restored itself from the calamities excellently. This time too in a critical situation like this, the country has high spirits and high hopes. People are waiting for the hard times to get over. Every country in the world should learn a lesson of faith, belief and hardwork from Japan. The land of the rising sun is also a land of brave-hearts where people are determined to serve their motherland.