Tsunami: A Natural Disaster of Biblical Proportions

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On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a natural disaster of biblical proportions. The devastating effect of the earthquake which led to a tsunami on this day was particularly brutal. According to the New York times, nearly 20,000 lives were lost due to this catastrophic event. The purpose of this essay is to analyze the fallout from this disaster and propose three important lessons that have significant learning value that may be helpful in preventing such wide scale effects as seen in Japan nearly a year and a half ago. The most important issue related to this earthquake and tsunami is its preventability. Are such events preventable? It appears that such natural events at this size are particularly unavoidable. Life itself is precious and not one person is aware of the finality of its ending, however the titanic effect and loss of life due to the whims of nature has left serious mental problems for the entire region this disaster impacted. It is post traumatic syndrome on a national level which has serious implications on the day to day society events that occur. The most lasting threats this tsunami has impacted are the radiation fallout of nuclear power plants in the region. An independent parliamentary commission released a report in July of this year and concluded that " that the crisis was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture," a damaging and important result. If indeed these power

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