PHOTO OF THE DAY: Warning from the ancestors April 19, 2011
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Warning from the ancestors
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What you see to the right is an ancient warning from ancestors. A warning that saved the people of the tiny hamlet of Aneyoshi, Japan when modern sea walls failed to protect so many from Japan’s destructive tsunami last month.
Here is what this centuries old tablet says: “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”
This ancient advice was indeed taken seriously by the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi, and as a result their homes emerged untouched from a flood disaster of biblical proportions.
A disaster that literally swept away entire low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan’s northeastern shore.
Could many more have been saved had the voices of the ancestors been listened to?
Hundreds of such markers (warnings) dot the coastline. Some of them are more than 600 years old.
If one looks at all of the markers collectively as a whole, one can make the argument they are not separate stones at all but an ancient early warning system for descendants in Japan, whose long coastlines along major earthquake faults have made it a bull’s-eye target for earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries.
Over the centuries however people forgot or just neglected the warnings. It is human nature. Many communities built right to the water’s edge. Many people obviously had confidence in sea walls built after a deadly but smaller tsunami in 1960.
The sea walls turned out to be useless just like those wonderful backup safety systems at Japan’s nuclear reactors. Murphy’s law.
But a good number of people did escape the great tsunami – it is not known just how many - fleeing immediately after the quake.
In some places, it was a matter of minutes before the great wave obliterated towns
Those who procrastinated just those few minutes…just those few minutes, perished.
Don't believe an entire town can be obliterated in a few minutes? Then watch the video below.
More than 12,000 people have been confirmed dead and officials fear the number killed could rise to 25,000 from the March 11 disaster in Japan.
More than 100,000 are still sheltering in schools and other buildings, almost a month later.
Watch as an entire town in Japan is leveled in a few minutes by a tidal wave.
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