The Aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake



The Tohoku Earthquake left on the world, as all natural disasters do, an aftermath in a very traditional and reserved culture of people. With a large number of victims either missing or, worse, dead, one of the country's challenge is to deal with and provide guidance to the general public, since one growing issue among survivors of the catastrophe is suicide. Although this idea might be regarded as a titanic enterprise since there are much more problems that the government must seek a solution for as well.

Estimations about the damages and the cost of this Earthquake is almost at $34.6 billion, and it has been regarded as perhaps the most expensive natural disaster on record.

But perhaps the most critical of the entire situation is the nuclear disaster threat that is coming from the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant. The Plant suffered major damage and had a complete meltdown of 3 reactors. I has been considered by many that this is the largest nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but it is more complex since the difference between the plants ad considerable.

The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami included both a humanitarian crisis and a major economic impact. The tsunami resulted in over 300,000 displaced people in the Tohoku region, and shortages of food, water, shelter, medicine and fuel for survivors. In response the Japanese government mobilized the Self-Defence Forces, while many countries sent search and rescue teams to help search for survivors. Aid organizations both in Japan and worldwide also responded, with the Japanese Red Cross reporting $1 billion in donations. The economic impact included both immediate problems, with industrial production suspended in many factories, and the longer term issue of the cost of rebuilding which has been estimated at ¥10 trillion ($122 billion).

Many organizations over the world have started Japan Tsunami Aid programs and Earthquake relief funds to seek to provide real effective help to the survivors of the Earthquake.

One of the other circumstances is that there is now a housing problem since many small towns and villages were wiped away by the tsunami in Tohoku. The devastation caused by the Tohoku Earthquake will take several years to be fully recovered in total.

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