Japan Tsunami


     March,11/2011, Japan was hit with a catastrophic event that, in a way effected the world. The Japanese National Police Agency confirmed a total of 13,778 deaths and 4,916 injured citizens. Over 125,000 buildings were damaged or completely destroyed. The police also reported 14,175 people missing. This tsunami has created an awareness to many other countries across the world.

     Japan was oblivious to the fact that their community could be destroyed that day. They lived their lives like any other day, until the earthquake hit, followed shortly after by the tsunami. I believe this creates awareness to the rest of the word because it shows us that anything can happen at anytime. One minute we could be living happily, we could be going to school or going to work, we could be spending time with our family or friends. Then suddenly everything could fall apart, you could not have a school or a job to go to, you may not have a family member or a friend to spend time with because they could be claimed dead, or they could be name missing.

     People do not realize how fast you can lose something. I Tōhoku, Japan, they lost everything within hours. They have friends that are dead, they have family members that they don't know if they're dead or alive. They have no house to stay in, no warm bed to sleep in, limited food to eat. Japan wasn't warned this was going to happen, they didn't see it coming. Just like if something similar were to happen anywhere else, we wouldn't know if was going to happen, until we've already lost everything.

     However, due to this drastic occurrence, countries were brought together to assist Japan in recovering from their loses. Canada offered a 17-member disaster victim identification team and  chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear decontamination equipment. Prime Minister,Stephen Harper offered Canadian Forces airlift, medical and engineering capabilities. Canada also sent 25,000 thermal wool blankets and masks, while Canadian Forces military members, Emergency medical and engineering capabilities were preparing to go. Canadian Red Cross alone had collected over $6 million dollars in aid to help Japan. The United Kingdom sent 70 rescuers to Japan, including two search dogs, a medical support team and 11 metric tons of specialized rescue equipment. Bulgaria sent blankets, food and bottled water, and offered housing in Japan's countryside for homeless Japanese citizens.

      It's as if it takes these terrible things in our world to happen for our world to become on one side and help a country in need. However when there is no terrible dramatic event, we continue to fight and go to war and hate other countries. It's like we're almost two faced. We only 'play nice' when its needed, rather than choosing to be kind when someone is not in need.

     Japan's incident brought many countires together as one to assist them in their happening. How long these countries will say as one, who knows. The earthquake/tsunami was an intense event that killed many people and destroyed may homes. It's another example that we never know what is going to happen and that we should not take anything for granted because we have no idea when we are going to lose everything that matters to us.
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