On March 11th 2011, Japan was hit with an earthquake of a 8. 9 magnitude. The force of the quake was so strong that in turn it caused a giant tsunami along the coast of the country. Rescuers worked very hard to find survivors among the debris and rubble, risking their lives to help that of others. The Japanese people are faced with many social problems that came about by this natural disaster. They are facing economical, health (physical and psychological), and geographical issues. The survivors of the disaster are very fortunate.
So far, the earthquake and tsunami have taken the lives of about 12,000 people, the biggest death toll seen in Japan ever. These people are in a tough position because they have a lot to deal with. They are misplaced from their homes and many of them have nowhere to go. People were separated from their families and had no way to get in touch with their loved ones. The survivors have stayed very calm despite all of the chaos around them. They are seen on the news standing in line waiting for food despite having not eaten for days, something that I’m pretty sure Americans would not do.
Their culture is very honest and disciplined, and this helps reduce that chaos from the people that usually comes about after a natural disaster. One of the biggest and most scary issues is the radioactive chemicals that are being released from the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The plant was much damaged from the earthquake, and there was no way to stop the radioactive chemicals from leaking. A couple of days after the quake, one of the nuclear reactors of the plant exploded, confirming the fears of chemists all over the world. The plant has the potential to create a huge nuclear disaster if the rest of the reactors decide to explode.
There are some steps that are being taken to make sure that the reactors cause no more further damage than they have already done. They are injecting nitrogen into the reactor cores in hopes of reducing the radioactive activity. With all of the chemicals, there is fear that the chemicals will contaminate the rest of the world’s ocean water supply. Japan was able to stop the radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This event causes a lot of economical issues to Japan. The Country’s economy has definitely gone down after the disaster.
Many of the banks and other businesses have shut down due to the earthquake. It is projected that it will cost Japan over a Billion Dollars to repair homes, businesses and other things. The seafood industry has declined, because many of the seafood that was imported to the U. S. came from Japan. A lot of people are afraid to buy seafood because they think it may have traces of radioactive chemicals. In the future, many other social problems will arise. Many of the people and rescuers that were exposed to the radioactive chemicals will develop different health issues later on in their lives.
There are also lots of psychological issues that were caused by this disaster, many people were traumatized by this event and they will have to continue with these problems for the rest of their lives. Japanese culture places a big importance on education, and since the children are not able to go to school, this will cause for them to be behind in their education and take longer to finish their schooling. Many of the survivors who cannot find a place to live in Japan will migrate to other countries in hopes of rebuilding a new life.