08 Apr '11, 11pm

Dot Earth: Limits to 'Disaster Memory,' Even Etched in Stone

Vincent Yu/Associated Press A centuries-old tablet warned of tsunamis in the town of Aneyoshi, Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan. (Click for larger view .) I encourage you to read “Tsunami-hit towns forgot warnings from ancestors ,” a haunting and fascinating Associated Press story by Jay Alabaster describing centuries-old stone tablets warning of coastal tsunami risk that dot the Japanese coast ravaged by the great earthquake and resulting waves on March 11th. This is an example of how “disaster memory ,” conveyed from generation to generation, can — at least for a time — limit losses from inevitable, but rare, calamities. The inscription inscribed on one stone (pictured at right) was quoted in the article: 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. In some parts of ...

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