The tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, and which was followed by a tragic nuclear power accident at Fukushima, was the second biggest tragedy the country ever faced. The biggest was Hiroshima. Last year, 19,000 people died. In Hiroshima the death toll was 80,000 people on the day of the bombing.
The nuclear accident at Fukushima was the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl and prompted Germany to phase out its nuclear power stations.
But besides the energy issue, what happened to people in Japan and how are they coping in this post-tsunami scenario when hundreds of thousands people became homeless?
Online Schools.org has produced an amazing video to remember the first anniversary of the Tsunami in Japan, a mixture of animation and real footage. It’s a beautiful piece that reminds us of the force of nature, human resilience, the dangers associated with nuclear power and the need to switch to alternative energy.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.