Tohoku -1month after

Category: People
Location: Japan, Tohoku region
Abstract: 1 month after Tohoku earthquake there are still very little visible changes in affected cities. People already don't suffer by hunger, but till now the biggest effort has been to find alive victims of tsunami.
Description: Hirotacho or Hirota peninsula is a part of Rikuzentakata has been heavily damaged by tsunami. Support of local villages is slow and people still have a hard life. However some improvement has been done-electricity has been already fixed. Rikuzentakata itself is one of the most dangerous cities because of pollution of air by asbestos. This problem is widely ignored, demolition workers do not wear masks and demolition regulation is inadequate. Asbestos has been added last 30 years to concrete due fire resistance and strength. "If you breathe in just one fiber of asbestos, you risk contracting a fatal cancer 1- 40 year later. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure" - Dr. R. Lemon. Asbestos costs savage lunch cancer which typically kills within two years of diagnosis. There are several other cities like Ishinomaki or Minami Sankiku, which does not exist at the moment. It is still at the stage of burned debris and searching of dead bodies.

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