Essay Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: Operation Tomodachi
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“On March 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm CST Japan was hit with an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude, followed by a tsunami shortly afterward. This earthquake and subsequent tsunami is known today as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The epicenter was located 80 miles east of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and 231 miles northeast of Tokyo.” This is how most stories of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are started. This intro is short, professional, to the point, and really speaks to how those who responded during operation Tomodachi carried out their mission. Operation Tomodachi (Japanese for friend) not only aided in the improvement of United States and Japan relations, but also serves as an outstanding example of how to respond both…show more content…
The flooding and earthquake damage in the surrounding areas hindered external assistance, leading to a nuclear meltdown.” (Tomodachi Analysis) “The scale of the disaster may lead one to conclude that casualty and damage effects should have been significantly higher. However, over the last two decades, Japan made significant investments in nationwide disaster risk mitigation infrastructure. The country currently invests approximately 1.2% of its government’s budget on disaster mitigation — a rate far above that of other industrialized countries. These investments include a ductile, earthquake-resistant design for new structures and retrofitting older construction, not just in Tokyo but across the nation. This investment resulted in the majority of buildings withstanding the original 9.0-magnitude quake and its sustained aftershocks.” (Tomodachi Analysis) Prior to operation Tomodachi, US-Japan relations were in a bit a political rough patch. The difference in core values between both countries was tearing a hole in their relationship. Operation Tomodachi sewed that tear back up, and made the seam stronger than it ever was. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was quoted saying “the U.S.–Japan alliance is the cornerstone of our engagement in the Asia-Pacific region . . . the United States is committed to the security of Japan and to strengthening peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region . . . the success of what we called Operation
The Japanese 2011 Tsunami
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Some are successful at doing this while other counties are less fortunate. Japan is a country known for natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. Over the years they have gained much knowledge of earthquakes and tsunamis, but did not put all of it to use. In the 2011 tsunami/earthquake, some damage could have been avoided if Japan were as prepared for the tsunami as they were for the earthquake. Japan should use what it already knows and learn from its experiences in order to prepare more effectively in case of a future natural disaster.
The 2011 tsunami/earthquake is an earthquake of a magnitude that has only been experienced a couple times. “A triple disaster — earth, water and nuclear — struck Japan on March 11, 2011, when the biggest earthquake in its history ripped the seafloor” (Oskin). An 8.9 magnitude shock was followed by a ten meter tsunami (Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disasters). Approximately 25,000 people died (Parker). This left families torn apart and devastated. Even though Japan is, “the most disaster-aware nation in the world” (Moore), it has still not prepared for the worst. The country was acceptably prepared (Parker).
Japan has spent decades studying earthquakes and tsunamis (Moore). All this knowledge did not go to waste. Japan is significantly prepared for earthquakes. In fact, most of the damage was caused by the tsunami and not the earthquake. One of the ways Japan is…