"Tragic disaster" / "Higeki-tekina saigai": [Japan's March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown]

Vaughan, Michael () "Tragic disaster" / "Higeki-tekina saigai": [Japan's March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown].

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Title "Tragic disaster" / "Higeki-tekina saigai": [Japan's March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown]
Abstract/Summary The disasters which struck Japan on 11 March 2011 were threefold - first, a huge earthquake; second, a massive tsunami; and third, the worst nuclear cataclysm since Chernobyl. The stanzas in the Poem outline the worst aspects of each of these horrifying events. The Australian Red Cross raised A$2.5 million for disaster relief and the Australian Government donated A$10 million in relief funds for victims. The Gillard Government also sent RAAF heavy lift rescue aircraft, Australian Army engineers and Australian Army medical teams to aid rescue efforts.
Keyword Destructive ferocity
Human suffering
Giant wave
Fukushima meltdown
Radiation
Widespread homelessness
Subjects 04 Earth Sciences
09 Engineering
10 Technology
16 Studies in Human Society
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes The Poem, with both English and Japanese titles, consists of a prologue and an epilogue, a single rhyming quatrain expressing a lament, followed by three stark, harsh, free-form blank verse stanzas, expressing the full devastation and terrible catastrophes of that fateful day in early March 2011. The final image is the kanji symbol "ki" "bou", being translated into English as "hope." Japan will rebuild but at a financial cost estimated at $300 billion over a time frame of an entire decade.

 
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Created: Sat, 04 Feb 2012, 08:41:55 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies