Hey everyone! I hope you are safe (if you are in Japan). As you may know we had an enormous earthquake, which is the biggest one, in Japan. So I wanted to tell you (actually I’m assigned to do the task), in the situation everyone was panicking and saying lots of rumors that weren’t true, what we (actually myself and my family) did to get information that was always quite right. Also if you are delicate, doesn’t want to know about the earthquake, you better not read this blog post.
So first of all, our most welcomed information source was our television!! Without doubt, we (our family) were all day front of the television, staring at it, for few days after the earthquake. We used it for everything, for example to look for the seismic intensity of aftershocks, details about the rolling blackouts, and more. In fact, we found out that we (in Nakaku) weren’t belonging to any of the group of the rolling blackouts, and weren’t involved to it. The good thing about information gathering using television is that you can actually see live interviews of the person in the high position (curator), so we can make sure that the information is not a rumor. But on the other hand, the bad thing that emerges is that, there are different people having different ideas going on television, so sometimes we were getting swayed with other people’s various opinions. Also after a few weeks, we’ve noticed that the news only report about one big main thing and doesn’t report other things happening. For example, during the first few days after the earthquake, the news only told about the aftershocks occurring all around Japan, but once the nuclear leak happened, the news then only told about the nuclear plant. I think that news reports only make us stressed out, don’t you think so?! I think there should be more funny variety shows instead of news reports, to bring us smiles and hope. Newspaper is also a good source. We mainly used it for knowing the details about the nuclear plant. From this source, we were able to know the transition of sieverts near the nuclear plant. The good thing about using newspaper is that there are less opinions insisted and only facts are written on it. On the other hand, the bad thing about it is that the facts are not as sure; maybe there could be a rumor. Also, I’ve been looking around different articles in newspapers, but I’ve noticed that there are various types of articles written on newspapers, not only about the earthquake. And I think this is an important thing. This made me forget about the stress I had with the earthquake. Lastly, internet is a quite good source too. We used it mainly when we had an aftershock, to know theseismic intensity around Yokohama. Actually, we knew that the greatest aftershock we had around here (in Yokohama) registered three on the Japanese seismic scale. The good thing about using the internet is that the information goes around really quick, even faster than a news flash. In Twitter, every second, there would be a new update. On the other hand, the bad thing I saw is that there are bunch and bunch of rumors and wrong information. One I saw is that the rumor, the Pokemon creator died because of the earthquake. Out of three sources I showed you, I think TV is the most convenient way to get information because of its accurateness, right information is the best.
Also I’m required to explain an example of information that turned out to be false. Yes, as I wrote before, there was a completely wrong information that the Pokemon creator died because of the earthquake, which I saw at some kind of a website. Other than that, I saw a newspaper that says, thousands of sieverts detected around the turbine building in the Fukushima nuclear plant. That turned out as a wrong information. It was a miss made by a worker. Although, before it turned out wrong, everyone already knew that was a wrong information. By this false information, I got a bit nervous thinking about what’s going to happen to me. From now on, to make sure we don’t have a wrong false information, I think we need to try to get most of our information from television, and I’ll say this again, I think that way (using television) is the best way to gain information.
This would be a new section, different from the last section. Right now I’m assigned to write a pretend letter to my imaginary pen pal coming to our school, telling about what happening at here in Yokohama. So here is m letter to my imaginary pen pal:
How are you doing? This is Kazuki in Japan. As may guess from my name, I’m Japanese. I’m born at September 7th, 1999, so I’m currently 11 years old. My family is all Japanese, but my sister and I were born at America and acquire citizenship of America.
You might already know that Japan is in big trouble right now, and I would like you to know what’s happening here in Yokohama. First of all, the earthquake happened at March 11th, 2011, 14:46:23, and the duration was 6 minutes. The center of the earthquake is located at 38ºN 142ºE and the depth was 32 km. Also the magnitude of this earthquake was 9.0M and it was the strongest earthquake in Japan. Not only earthquake attacked Japan, also tsunami attacked Japan, 8.5 m with the highest. By this earthquake and tsunami, lots of people have died got lost.
What are the effects? By the earthquake and the tsunami, the town is now a mountain of rubble. Also, by this, the Fukushima nuclear plant is going wrong, so The Tokyo Electric Power Company can’t provide enough electricity to every town. What they are doing is that they are implementing rolling blackouts to make sure they have enough electricity. Also with the nuclear plant, sadly the nuclear leak had happened. So, everyone living close to there needed to evacuate. Plus, radioactive materials were found from tap water, so people in Kanto region are now scared of the nuclear plant even if they live far away from there. That’s basically it with what’s happening in Yokohama. Lots of other things are happening at other places, like liquefaction.
Don’t worry, you will like Yokohama, I hope so… And one more, don’t forget to bring us laughter, OK? Let us recover from the shock we had at the earthquake.
Yeah, this is it. Thank you and see you at school!
I used http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tōhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami as my source. I chose this as my source because, this website was really detailed with easy graphs and I was able to understand what it said easily. Otherwise I used my knowledge in my brain.
Yes, this is it, finally. I finished the assigned task. OK… (ha… I’m really tired) Oh sorry, I just noticed that this blog post became really long again, as usual. Next time I’ll try to make it shorter!!! Bye and see you again, my friends!!!