Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain standing at 12,388 feet.  This volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and is very popular among artists and tourists.  Mt. Fuji is a dormant volcano and hasn’t erupted since 1707.  Even though it is said to be dormant, it is still classified active by geologists.  It’s located on the border of Yamanashi and Shizuoka.  The volcano was formed in 286 BCE by an earthquake.  In circumference the base is about 78 miles.   The diameter of the volcano is about 25 to 30 miles.  The crater spans about 1600 feet.  Oshaidake, Izudake, Jojudake, Komagatake, Kengamme, Hukusandake, and Kukushidake are eight peaks located around the edges of the crater.   Many temples and shrines surround the base of Mt. Fuji.  Today many crowds of tourists visit Mt. Fuji to see its great beauty and climb this majestic mountain.


Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam is well-known around and is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam.  It has record for the number of people displaced and the number of towns flooded, and the length of reservoir.  The da has impacted the environment in negative ways.  It has caused pollution and erosion.  This makes it a model for disaster.  It has been used as an example of what not to do in the future.



Japan in WWII

Before WWII when Emperor Hirohito ascended to the throne, Japan was in a struggle between liberals and leftists.  Between 1928 and 1932, Japan experienced a domestic crisis.  The economy began to crash associated with the Great Depression.  This led to spiraling prices, unemployment, and falling exports.  By 1939, the war had started; Chinese Communist and Nationalist forces continued resist.  In December of 1941, Japan unleashed the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii.  Only 100 Japanese were killed in the attack, but more than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 injured.  This caused a major rivalry between the United States and Japan.  A few days after this attack, the U.S declared war on Japan.  Later, on August 6, 1945, the United States launched a massive, atomic weapon on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  This attack too the lives of tens of thousands of citizens, but ended the war between the U.S. and Japan


2011 Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

In 2011, a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, causing a large tsunami.  The death tool from the tsunami was the strongest in Japan.  About 200 to 300 bodies were found along the coast in Sendai.  Many homes were destroyed and roads became impassable, trains and busses weren’t running, and power was out for miles.  Japan’s economy was saved because the earthquake hit far from the majorly industrialized areas.  The tsunami also disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Dailchi reactors, all three of the core melted, causing a nuclear accident.  This accident was rated a 7 on the INES scale because of the high radioactive releases in the first few days.  These two disasters devastated Japan’s environment and people.


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One thought on “East Asia Mission: Mt. Fuji, Three Gorges Dam, Japan in WWII, and 2011 Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

  1. Very cool! Does Mt. Fuji have an especially important part in a specific religion? And how did Japan get back on its feet after such a devastating time in WW2?

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