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Differences between China and Japan on post-quake relief   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-4-24 15:59:11 |Display all floors
This post was edited by satsu_jin at 2013-4-24 16:59

This is a good question and certainly not easy to answer. Personally I believe that each situation requires a different approach. Let us take the examples of the NE earthquake in Japan (Mar. 2011) and earthquakes on the edge of (Wenchuan, Ya'an) or on the Qinghai Tibet plateau (Yushu). Rescue and search operations are far more easy in Japan, not because the country has a higher standard but simply because access in many places is possible from the seaside as well as on highways from other, unaffected urban centers. Even any mountainous terrain in Japan can be reached easily within a couple of hours.

This is quite different in most mountainous areas of Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan, Qinghai, Gansu etc. The distances to urban centers are often huge and transport of most items has to go on mountain roads over passes which are sometimes damaged by earthquake related landslides. Of course helicopters can be used but there are sometimes limits to their operation, in particular if landing sites are destroyed.

When it comes to long time post quake relief China has done a brilliant job after the Wenchuan as well as the Yushu quake by reconstructing safe and modern new houses. This was done in remarkable short time and really deserves high notes. Contrary to this situation most surviving disaster victims of the 'Great Eastern Japan calamity' are still in their temporary housing units with no or not much hope of relocation to new houses. There were thousands of verbal promises but not much can be seen. A lot of donated money was used to build roads and bridges in the affected area and some money has "disappeared".

As you can see there is no general medicine that can cure all problems.

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Post time 2013-4-25 09:56:33 |Display all floors
satsu_jin Post time: 2013-4-24 15:59
This is a good question and certainly not easy to answer. Personally I believe that each situation r ...

Thanks for your detailed explanation. After the earthquake, Chinese netizens begin to wonder why almost all the buildings in Baoxing county, including the houses built after the Wenchuan earthquake with the requirement of resisting a magnitude-8, intensity-9 earthquake, were badly damaged in the quake. Compared with the magnitude-9 earthquake that hit Japan, most of the deaths were actually caused by the tsunami ensued rather than building collapses. What China should learn from Japan is to give it top priority to our construction quality.

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Post time 2013-4-25 10:29:38 |Display all floors
What a discrace  of a post, people died,

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Post time 2013-4-25 10:33:28 |Display all floors
Pond Post time: 2013-4-25 10:29
What a discrace  of a post, people died,

We can do something to prevent future tragedies.

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Post time 2013-4-25 10:59:46 |Display all floors
you have to give credit to japs for being very diligent and there over all society is on  a solid foundation.
however there is one point i want to mention is people over there are used to earth quakes , as I heard it is part of there life so the reaction is not so adverse when actually earth quake comes.
On the other hand places where people are not used to earthquakes , this kind of chaotic scenes are bound to appear.
there is a huge difference between preperation / mock drill and actually facing a situation.

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Post time 2013-4-25 11:14:11 |Display all floors
sunnylin01 Post time: 2013-4-25 10:33
We can do something to prevent future tragedies.

Yes by not comparing them for people enjoyment for a start.

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Post time 2013-4-25 11:16:50 |Display all floors
Pond Post time: 2013-4-25 11:14
Yes by not comparing them for people enjoyment for a start.

It is a serious topic not for fun.

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