Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake

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On 11 March 2011, all international news broadcasts were fixated on Japan, for an unfortunate reason; a natural catastrophe that has struck the Tohoku region of Japan without warning. The calamity was instantaneously announced through viral videos, emails, Twitter feeds, social media and live broadcasts on both international and local Japanese news programs, with the global network news reporters clambering through the rubble (Bestor, 2013). This unprecedented natural disaster that has shocked the world is known as the Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake and formally known as the ‘Higashi Nihon Daishinsai’ (the Great Eastern Japan Disasters). From a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake, to a 15-meter tsunami which ultimately resulted to a nuclear …show more content…
Apart from that, this research highlight the consequences radioactive substance leak to the extent of how it triggered mass panic across different strata of the communities. The attention of this essay will then shift to the attitudes and actions demonstrated by the Japanese’s government, the public, the media, as well as the survivors. Specifically, the measures carried out by the authorities and the locals in overcoming the tragedy and accepting the losses, observed through the lenses of the domestic and international audiences; as well as public doubts of the people directed to the government and the company, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company). For the government’s and TEPCO’s control over Fukushima’s nuclear leaks and due to the absence of conclusion in relation to human health from the prolonged exposure to low-level radiation (Sugimoto, 2012; Shigemura, …show more content…
Although, Japan has a long history in association to natural destructions, however, the Great East Japan Earthquake had put Japan straight in a state of limbo. The consequences of the triple disasters in relation to political aspects, Japan’s social background, and Fukushima’s future in the economic sector were so severe that Japan’s status as the third largest economy in the world was directly

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