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New Year’s Day quake in Japan revives trauma of 2011 triple disasters

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By HIRO KOMAE and ELAINE KURTENBACH

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So why are people in earthquake prone areas still living in old properties liable to collapse? I'd feel much safer in my self built garden shed

New Year’s Day quake in Japan revives trauma of 2011 triple disasters

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Deep wounds take a lot of time to heal or sometimes, don't heal at all and that is okay. What is important is we learn from them and better ourselves. This New Year's Quake as I call it, is really a one-two gut punch for the country and a reminder that Japan is in a place where everything can be destroyed with little warning. This is why the Japanese are more resilient and mentally tough because they have to. Stay strong out there, the year is just starting.

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This is why the Japanese are more resilient and mentally tough because they have to. 

huh?

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the construction process is just a joke in Japan. in many countries building on muddy land is forbidden.

woody house with heavy tiles roof is nonsense in the seismic country.

instead of buying weapons to US, Japan should think more seriously about basics.

the next catastrophe will be Tokyo on the list of probability. wait and see....

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Modern houses rarely have heavy floor tiles that are seen on older properties. Even modern homes collapse in a powerful 7 earthquake and concrete buildings fall over.

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typo in previous comment "roof" not "floor"

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"The calm was vanquished by TV announcers who urgently and repeatedly warned people in areas that might be flooded to seek higher ground, without delay."

And no doubt even turned into panic as the emotional announcers decided to inject unnecessary information like, "This is the worst tsunami and quakes since the March 11th disasters! Run!" Even my partner, and some other Japanese people we were with, said that was completely unnecessary and even dangerous.

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