The best writing on the Japan earthquake

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ff54b7ca06bc995b0b0211ae8e9c5a2f1 The best writing on the Japan earthquake

A UK search and rescue team work in heavy snow in Kamaishi, Japan. Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development

Below is a selection of key reading material on the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11:


In "Nothing can prepare you to witness this," Rob Gilhooly describes his trip up the east coast of Japan in the hours after the earthquake struck. Particularly disturbing is a paragraph in which an eyewitness explains the sound the tsunami maks when it destroys the town of Minamisanriku.


Craig Mod’s excellent article "The nourishing wake" looks at the feelings he experienced after a visit to Japan during the days after the earthquake.


The responsibility TEPCO should or shouldn’t take and the company’s actions since problems arose in Fukushima have proved an emotive issue. However, the AP article "Bungling, cover-ups define Japanese nuclear power" describes the tainted history of the energy industry in the country.


Rick Martin has compiled a list of ways people can donate to the earthquake. Also, look out for upcoming book on the quake compiled through the hard work of Our Man In Abiko. All proceeds will go to charity and there are contributions from all over the world, including one by William Gibson.


Another controversial subject has been whether to stay in Tokyo or leave. Roberto De Vido wrote the piece "Judge not, lest you be judged" in the Japan Times explaining why many foreigners and Japanese are choosing to leave the city. Most counterpoints appear to equate leaving Tokyo with leaving the country.


Numerous journalists on Twitter have done an excellent job of documenting events in real time. Martyn Williams and Steve Herman have stood out as two reporters delivering up-to-the-minute and balanced accounts of events as they have unfolded.