Today is March 11th, 2012. It marks the one year anniversary of one of the biggest disasters of our time to date. The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last year.
One year ago Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.0 quake, Japan’s most powerful since records began, which lead to a tsunami and even lead to a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
over the course of the year Japan has worked hard to rebuild and get back on it’s feet. Japan and it’s people have shown more strength and courage then anyone else on the planet and have kept there heads high through out this crisis.
19,057 confirmed dead or missing and 26,992 people injured, as of March 8th, according to the National Police Agency.
We prey and support Japan even to now and many people across the world have gone to help in anyway they can to help rebuild Japan. For many, their life’s are now ruined and may never be the same but the world stands by Japan even now, to support it’s people.
Today all across Japan there were memorial services and a minute’s silence at the same moment that the earthquake happened. The main memorial ceremony was held at Tokyo’s National Theatre which was attend by Japan’s Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. At this time, 2:46pm [local time] Japan came to a standstill to remember the day and those who were lost.
“I hope all the people will keep the victims in their hearts.” – Emperor Akihito
Japan continues to stay strong and push forward every day and it’s this determination and courage that to me and the rest of Yatta really find stunning. It brings a tear to my eye.
Stay strong Japan and kept that courage. For those who lost their life’s, young and old, may you all rest in peace.
For more on the one year anniversary check out the following links…
The Wall Street Journal
Words: Nikholai Koolonavich
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