Three years ago

By: fiore

Mar 11 2014

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Category: Landscapes, People, Photography, Travels


Focal Length:6.2mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

Matsushima, 松島, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, August 2009


People in Japan are observing the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast on March 11th, 2011.
A magnitude-9.0 earthquake off northeastern Japan 3 years ago triggered waves more than 10 meters high. The tsunami hit areas along the Pacific coast of the Tohoku and Kanto regions.
The National Police Agency says more than 18,500 people were killed or went missing. Nearly 3,000 others died while evacuated from their homes.
The government says over a quarter million people were still living in temporary housing as of February.
Work to build new housing on higher ground is lagging behind schedule.
The government plans to build 30,000 public housing units, but only 3 percent have been completed so far.
Three reactors melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the quake and tsunami, but the exact cause of the accident is still unknown. How massive amounts of radioactive materials from the reactors were dispersed is also unclear.
The operator of the plant is struggling to deal with a buildup of radioactive water used to cool nuclear fuel.
Authorities estimate that it will take 40 years to decommission the plant.


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