Fukushima tragedy’s lessons for society
Ten years after the tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck Japan, the country’s experience in getting through that devastating tragedy remains a guide in a world where disruptive natural challenges need to be met through social resilience. On March 11, 2011, the strongest earthquake in Japanese history, with a magnitude of 9.0, triggered a tsunami that reached a height of over 30m in some areas. The monster waves also engulfed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing reactor meltdowns in what was one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Contemporary Japanese history was altered forever by the iconic devastation of Fukushima.
However, the Japanese character was not altered. The stoicism that has marked the country and the people’s response to historical adversity manifested itself again in the reaction to the twin disasters. There was no social breakdown by way of widespread looting of shops or, worse, rioting. Not unaccustomed to earthquakes, the Japanese people came together and dealt with the scale of these disasters as one society. Social resilience, neighbourliness and determination prevailed over this natural aberration and Japan continued to be itself…
Mauna Loa, The World’s Biggest Volcano, Is Waking Up And It’s Time To Prep For An Eruption
Scientists monitoring the unsettled geological activity on Hawaii’s biggest island say that while an eruption of the volcano that dominates the landscape isn’t yet imminent, Mauna Loa’s long nap may be coming to an end.
The Big Island of Hawaii is really a collection of five volcanoes poking out of the Pacific Ocean, including one of the world’s most active – Kilauea – and the world’s largest: Mauna Loa, making up about half the island’s land mass.
Kilauea has been in the throes of a fiery, dramatic and sometimes destructive eruptive period for decades now. And while the smaller shield volcano on Mauna Loa’s eastern slope garners international attention for its tantrums, its big sibling has been slumbering since it last erupted in 1984…