Exactly 2 years ago to this day on 2011 March 11th, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the east coast of Japan at 14:46. It was the most powerful earthquake to have ever hit Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which reached 40 feet that devastated many towns on the east coast.
The combined earthquake and tsunami that occurred on 3.11 is known as the "Tohoku Chihou Taiheiyooki Jishin" [東北地方太平洋沖地震] or "The Great East Japan Earthquake." In Japan its also abbreviated to Shinsai [震災].
The quake was so powerful that Honshu (the main island that makes up most of Japan) moved 8 feet to the East and even shifted the Earth on its axis. To top that off, the tsunami hit several nuclear facilities which eventually caused meltdowns. It didn't stop there - the nuclear reactors being shut down also meant that most of the Eastern side of Japan had blackouts.
I was in Hong Kong for a business trip at the time. I was actually having lunch with the Milky Holmes girls when all of a sudden Sora on her mobile phone tells us that there was a huge earthquake back in Japan...
We all went back to our hotel rooms to try to gather as much info as possible and contact ones who were close to us back in Japan. The images on TV of Japan being ravaged by the tsunami was so painful.
In this post I cover how the earthquake affected me and what life was like back then.