Japanese Earthquake Aftermath

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Introduction

Words simply cannot appropriately depict the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan is a developed country with the third largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. The northeast border of Japan encountered an overwhelming natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that also created a massive tsunami and many strong aftershocks, which has affected Japan domestically and internationally. The aftershocks continually delayed recovery and have increased difficulty for search and rescue teams combing the disaster area for the deceased and wounded. This paper intends to give a detailed description of the earthquake, In order to fully recover from this natural disaster, the Japanese will need to tackle domestic and international issues alike by repairing and rebuilding infrastructure, keeping moral high, and accepting foreign aid and donations.

Background: Earthquake Details

To understand the severity of the situation in Japan one must understand the facts regarding the earthquake. Japan’s Tohoku region comprises the northeast portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan and is divided into six prefectures including Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima. The earthquake caused the greatest damage in the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima. Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region and was the closest to the epicenter of the earthquake. According to the United States Geological Survey, on March 11, 2011, an earthquake devastated the east cost of Japan measuring a record high magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale (USGS). Luckily, its epicenter, the focal point of the earthquake (as defined in the American Heritage Dictionar...

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