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By Andreas Hoppe

Scientific disciplines have their very own view on catastrophes. right here, average scientists, engineers, physicians in addition to historians and social scientists outline and speak about geo-hazards and linked technical mess ups, common failures as a company case, drugs and its catastrophes. After conflict elements of the Shoah are defined with Gershom Sholem´s proposal of Jewish Totality, and the location of Displaced individuals in Germany in addition to the Nakba for Palestinians with regards to the happiness of Jews celebrating their new country of Israel. The publication additionally reminds of Hamburg’s Flood catastrophe in 1962, the nice East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and different historic catastrophes in Japan, the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 and the Age of Enlightenment, and the eruption of the Tambora in 1815 by means of the “year with no summer”.

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According to the media, the actual tsunami height is estimated to be at most 21 m (Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture). 4). This building had been erected for disaster prevention, mainly earthquakes and/or tsunami, and it was designed to withstand these phenomena. When this great earthquake struck, a young female staff was exhorting people, through loudspeakers in each district, with all her strength to evacuate from the tsunami. However, since tragically the tsunami height was 2 m higher than this building, she fell victim to the tsunami.

The difficulty of any restoration to former conditions. 2 The Great East Japan Earthquake in the Context … 47 Though the Reconstruction Agency has a plan to perform decontamination with a total budget of 500 billion yen until 2016, unfortunately it is unlikely, at least for residents in the difficult-to-return zones to return to normal life at their original locations in their lifetime. 5). Furthermore, it is hardly probable in reality that residents can come back to the areas where they lived previously for two reasons, firstly, that the major industries in these areas are agriculture and stock farming which are faced with concerns over harmful rumors of radioactive contamination, and, secondly, that population aging is continuing in these areas.

In all these common commemorative ceremonies, German officials and intellectuals eagerly underline the “common German-Jewish history” or “German-Jewish dialogue” that had been destroyed by the Nazis, and the Jewish participants take note of this public confession of guilt benevolently. One outcome therefore of the terrible events of the Nazi period, is that Germans and Jews not only focus exclusively on the Nazi-Era; Germans and Jews take their roles as the scions of the perpetrators and the scions of the victims without any further debate.

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