Returning to normal after earthquake triggers painful memories
The 7.4-magnitude tremor that hit Japan's Pacific Coast yesterday is a reminder of the 2011 quake
FUKUSHIMA, Japan — A tsunami warning has been lifted, following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off Japan’s Pacific Coast Monday evening. The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo — 240 kilometres away — was a grim reminder of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which killed 18,000 people in 2011.
“It really came back. And it was so awful. The sways to the side were huge. But nothing fell from the shelves,” said Kazuhiro Onuki, 68, in a phone interview with CBC.
And, the fears are justified. The 2011 tsunami destroyed four nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radioactive material into the air and causing billions in cleanup costs. It is considered the second-worst nuclear disaster in history.
In northeast Japan, the BBC reported more than 7,700 school buildings were damaged or destroyed as a result of the 2011 earthquake, which may have affected the perceptions of children. In a recent survey of 10- to 12-year-olds, by ChildFund Alliance — a group of 11 child-development organizations — nearly half (46 percent) of Japanese children surveyed said their school isn’t always safe.
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Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.