A Vulnerable Environment with Most Long-lived People – Part 1

Japan is famous for many things and two of them that seem to be contradictory are natural disaster and long life span. Probably they are each other's cause and result naturally.

The group of islands unattached to any continent were derived from primarily several large ocean movements occurring over hundreds of millions of years from the mid-Silurian to the Pleistocene. Japanese islands are situated in a volcanic zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Frequent low intensity earth tremors and occasional volcanic activity are felt throughout the islands. Destructive earthquakes, often resulting in tsunamis, occur several times a century. The most recent major quakes include the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.

March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., a 9.1 magnitude earthquake started a series of worst disasters along the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, which impacted the whole area of fifteen ports in the area. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake causes a tsunami with 30-foot waves that damaged diesel backup power systems at Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants area, leading three large explosions and radioactive leakage. According the statistics on Wikipedia, the series of disasters caused 15,894 deaths, 6,152 injured, and 2,562 people missing. Survivors' sharing is powerfully revealed in this documentary video below.

As in the video, the cherry blossom tree welcomed another Spring in this vulnerable country. Hopefully you gain the understanding about the environment there and probably the only way to keep the country alive and prosperous is never to give up and get ready for a new day as soon as possible. There is no time to waste to rebuild their home but thrive hard and forced to look forward with a better future vision. It is not easy at all but Japanese people have set up a unique culture, balancing between extreme negativeness and positiveness. We will continue the discussion about long-live life span of this nation next time.

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