Monday, April 9, 2012


EVENT : Photo exhibition, displaying the effects of the disaster that occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011.
VENUE : ICCR, Hochimin Saranee, Kolkata, West Bengal.
DATE : 11/03/2012 to 16/03/2012
TIME : 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

2011 bore a black flag for Japan as nature brought her wrath unto them in the form of an earthquake and a tsunami. The earthquake Measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday, 11 March 2011, with the epicenter approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku and the hypocentre at an underwater depth of approximately 32 km (20 mi). It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 metres (133 ft) in Miyako in Tōhoku's Iwate Prefecture, and which, in the Sendai area, travelled up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. The earthquake moved Honshu 2.4 m (8 ft) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10 cm (4 in) and 25 cm (10 in).

The tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents, primarily the ongoing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents
On 12 March 2012, a Japanese National Police Agency report confirmed 15,854 deaths, 26,992 injured, and 3,155 people missing across twenty prefectures, as well as 129,225 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 254,204 buildings 'half collapsed', and another 691,766 buildings partially damaged.

A year after what is believed to be the most destructive Earthquake and Tsunami attack recorded in history, the world says a silent prayer for Japan and the numerous victims of the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Japan, a year later, is a different story. Filled with determination to move forward despite the tragedy, They have courageously taken steps to ensure a better tomorrow for her next generation.
The 11th march 2012 photo exhibition of Japan's struggles to rebuild told us that much. It was held at ICCR, Hochimin Saranee, Kolkata. The exhibition continued for a week, displaying the numerous pictures of the effects of Tsunami, the thoughts and prayers for Japan from different schools and institutions and two 15 minute movies on Japan after disaster and recovery..

The Consul General of Japan in Kolkata addresses the audience

People who attended the inauguration ceremony for the exhibition included many high profile personnel.


During the Exhibition

The banner for people to write their prayer for Japan's recovery.

 In hope...

When India tasted her own share of pain on 26th December, 2004, She had hoped no other country suffered the wrath of nature like that....but nature has struck again in the years that came after...she has struck over and over. Today, we stand united in pain, in courage and in mutual empathy, pledging ourselves to help whenever friends are in need. So say a Prayer for every victim who died. Pray for humanity.