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Don’t Follow the Wind

Art in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone
Stach Szabłowski
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The month of March marks the anniversary of a catastrophe. No, I don’t mean the anniversary of coronavirus reaching Poland, nor the year that has passed since the first lockdown. The world doesn’t end with COVID-19, and it probably won’t end because of it, either. As for nuclear energy, that’s a different story – it does have the potential to fuel an actual apocalyptic event. 10 years ago, on 11th March 2011, one of the most severe earthquakes in the history of Japan struck the coast of Honshu.

The shock triggered a powerful tsunami wave that, at some points, reached a height of more than 20 metres. Water tore deep inside the land, literally sweeping away whole villages and seaside towns. The exact number of casualties was never established. At least 20,000 people lost their lives, but many of them were never found – the ocean waves probably took the bodies with them back to the ocean.

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On 11th March 2011 at 2.45pm, Kenta was cleaning the rust from some metal moulds. Yasuo Takamatsu was leaving the hospital with his mother-in-law. The monk Kaneta was sitting in his temple in the city of Kurihara. And Mr. Teiichi was doing some shopping at an office supplies store.

The ground shook a minute later. As a result of the earthquake, Honshu, the largest island in Japan, shifted by 2.4 metres in the direction of America. The Earth’s axis shifted as well, by 10 centimetres, which accelerated its rotation. The day became shorter by 1.8 microseconds.

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