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Century-old Tablet Serves as a Warning in Japan


"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."

Short, yet very informative!

These were words written in a century-old tablet erected at the hamlet of Aneyoshi, Iwate Prefecture Northern Japan. A simple advice to the people so they will save themselves into further tsunamis that will hit the country.

Hundreds of these tablets dots the coastline of Japan, some were 600 years old. All in all, they serve as a warning system for the country, where as far as we know is a repeated target of both earthquakes and tsunamis over the century.

Though some of these warning tablets have no indications where to build really. Some of it simply stands there, or stood until a tsunami washed them away.


One tablet reads "If an earthquake comes, beware of the tsunamis", but well of course, in the days of modern life, who will remember?

For the record, there are more than 12,000 confirmed dead on the March 11, 2011 8.9 magnitude killer quake. Feared that that number will rise up to 25,000!

There are still more than 100,000 still sheltering from schools and other evacuation areas, as they spend the first month after the disaster.

Ask yourself, who would be prepared? In a case like this, we could say that quake of this magnitude and tsunami this high will strike someone maybe only once in his or her lifetime.



Well, lesson learned... The warnings are there for us to see... We all have the knowledge... But in this life that we're too busy minding our own business, a lot of us forgot...

Our condolences to all the people of Japan... Keep the faith...

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