Japan and the Earthquake: 3/11/2011…and beyond…

Japan, Photography | 8 Jun 2012

After visiting some of the areas in Tohoku hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and seeing what kind of damage took place, it’s no wonder that debris is starting to show up on shores all over the USA. This place was completely devastated, and along the hundreds of miles of shoreline, nothing much is left. Where did it all go?

Where did everything go?

Where did everything go?

There are junk graveyards scattered about, just about everywhere. They mainly consist of building materials, trees and cars—thousands upon thousands of cars.

There are car junk yards everywhere.

There are car junk yards everywhere.

But most of the debris has just disappeared.

Individual miracles like this house exist, but most buildings and their debris just vanished.

Individual miracles like this house exist, but most buildings and their debris just vanished.

And while life goes on and seems to be getting back to normal beyond the areas along the shore, anything near the water will be struggling to recover for many decades to come.

Life is back to normal in most places.

Life is back to normal in most places.

People are out and about; eating, working and living their daily lives.

People are out and about; eating, working and living their daily lives.

How big was the earthquake itself? Take a look at this and see if it clears things up for you.

 

But my biggest reactions to it all? The incredible power of Mother Nature, and the wherewithal of human beings to recover from and overcome adversity. Go Japan!

Hope in abundance.

Hope in abundance.

 

 

Proof of the awesome power of nature is seen everywhere here.

Proof of the awesome power of nature is seen everywhere here.

 

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  • Nancy Ferullo

    Hey Lar,
    So, is that demonstrating that there was earthquake activity for 5 months after the actual earthquake? It looked just as strong in the months following as that day, made my heart race! I don’t understand earthquakes at all!
    Love you

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