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Kumamoto, Oita mark 8th anniversary of deadly quakes

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At the site where an apartment building collapsed and killed three Tokai University students in the village, Sakura Hashimura, a graduate who has been sharing earthquake narratives and lessons, asked nine students to "imagine, even slightly, the extent of damage earthquakes can cause."

These particular deaths struck me as tragic at the time. Kids from other parts of Japan, so young and so much ahead of them. It might be tempting when you are young, or your kids are young, to just stick em in a cheap and cheerful old apartment block like this one. I lived in one for nine years myself in the 1990s. There is no way I would let my own kids live in one now.

Some of the illness related deaths, which are three quarters of the total here, will be from dislocation, stress/trauma, illnesses picked up at shelters, and general disruption to people's lives. Even if it doesn't actually collapse, all a house has to do is make at-risk people homeless for what can be a nasty chain reaction to start.

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It might be tempting when you are young, or your kids are young, to just stick em in a cheap and cheerful old apartment block like this one.

The apartments weren't old and cheap. They were just next to the University which was next to the fault line. On the other side of the bridge there, the entire side of the mountain came down and destroyed the bridge.

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