Today is the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Across the country, many ceremonies and events were held in order to commemorate the victims and to encourage the affected people all day.
The Great East Earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 2:46p.m JST on Friday, 11 March 2011. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters. The tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.
Yesterday the Japanese National Police Agency confirmed 15,854 deaths, 9,677 injured, and 3,155 people missing, as well as 129,107 buildings totally collapsed and more 'half collapsed'.
I live far away from Tohoku region, but I've never forgot what I saw and heard on TV news and the Internet about the victims and the devastation. Actually something changed in me at that time. I came to thank for the ordinary life more strongly and want to value spending time with my family and friends.
I can't do anything to the affected people, but I will never forget about them and keep watching them.