11th March 2011:
Submitted by Medha Madhuram , Class VIII. Chennai Public School. She was a student of Global Indian International School –Tokyo and a former student of Fahaheel Alwataniya Indian Private School(FAIPS)‐Kuwait.
As the flight ANA, a thirty four seater je t just took off from the runway at Narita airport; I closed my eyes and started recalling the events that had happened in the last six days. Who knew such a bright day in Tokyo could end in such horror!!! A series of unfortunate events shook Japan on 11th March 2011, that shattered the life of thousands when an earthquake of 9.0 on Richter scale literally shook the country followed by a tsunami of 15 meters high washing out Cities, Towns and Lands in the Prefectures (State) of Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate and causing places like Sendai to become wastelands of debris dead bodies and tearful survivors further causing the damage to Nuclear Power plants in Fukushima, triggering invisible danger of radiation and fearful days yet to come. Otherwise, people in Japan were anticipating the most enjoyable season in Japan‐“The Cherry Blossom (Sakura)”‐where people from all walks of life would sit under the Sakura trees and enjoy their snacks.
We lived in the heart of Tokyo on the thirty second floor of a high rising building. The view from the house was beautiful. On one side we could see Mount Fuji and The Sky Tree and on the other side we could see the Arakawa River flowing into the Tokyo Bay with its many ships. My brother and I had been studying at the prestigious Global Indian International School nearby. That day, we had just returned early after our exams and had just finished our lunch and were chatting with our grandparents on Skype. We were laughing at one of the many jokes when my grandmother at the other end said,” Oh! You all are shaking!” We were all used to earthquakes and we didn’t give much attention and then our world came crumbling down. The time was 2:46 pm....
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