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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:35 PM
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Tsunami-hit towns forgot warnings from ancestors
MIYAKO, Japan (AP) Modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japans destructive tsunami last month. But in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day.

High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants, the stone slab reads. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.

It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japans northeastern shore.

Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old. Collectively they form a crude warning system for Japan, whose long coasts along major fault lines have made it a repeated target of earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries.

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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:50 PM
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1. Thanks for posting this...
The Japanese understand very well that in order to live in 'The Land Of The Gods' that there will be problems: earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods. The quote is very old as well. Main reason that many homes were built of wood and paper...not so much of a problem to rebuild after one of the many catastrophes.
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