November 16, 2006

Tsunami Warning Map

You may have heard about the big earthquake off the Kuril Islands in Northern Japan on the evening of the 15th. There was a tsunami warning. On the local Japanese channels, there was a map in the corner of the TV screen. The danger zones were highlighted. Red areas were in high danger. People were evacuated from areas in Hokkaido(marked in the red).

It was strange to go through the channels and see the different shows in the background of this flashing warning. Regular shows and commercials continued. Some of the shows were comedies. This was a news program. The warning has been downgraded. The map has disappeared from TV screens.

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