Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Some Beaches In Japan Are Reopening 7 Years After Deadly Tsunami

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jul 25, 2018 07:23 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Japan is undeniably a beautiful country. However, many drastic changes happened when a massive tsunami hit the country in 2011.

Seven years after the catastrophic event, Japan has recuperated very well. Now, a number of its beaches have been reopened to the public since it closed down because of the tsunami. Families all over the country are rushing to the coast to seek relief for the scorching summer heat.

Calamities That Caused The Closing

The beaches that closed down are located on the country's northeastern coast. The tsunami happened following the most intense earthquake that hit Japan and caused tons of damage to the country's coastal areas. The disaster's 30-foot waves also became the reason for a nuclear accident after crashing into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown.

Although no one died from radiation, countless people were forced to evacuate their homes because of it. The disaster took the lives of about 20,00 people, left a shocking 1.5 million tons of debris in the Pacific Ocean, and a staggering $300 billion material damage.

Now, Japanese authorities have found out that the Haragamaobama beach, located just 25 miles from the nuclear plants finally has a safe radioactive level. Furthermore, officials have removed debris and have done rebuilding work on the area's surrounding banks.

Bright Future For Japan's Beaches

Japanese officials are hoping that the beach's opening will help change people's perception of the region, which has been immensely linked to the devastation.

Secretary General of the Soma Tourism Association Hiroyuki Ito said that the news is truly something to be grateful of because Soma has always been associated with the ocean before the disaster happened.

Nami Aoki, 48, from the city of Fukushima, was delighted with finally having access to the beach in her hometown of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, with her 9-year-old daughter. She said that she is very ecstatic to finally see people on the beach again. She has always wanted to see her daughter play in the area where she played in when she was still a little girl.

The beach regularly has 30,000 to 50,000 visitors per season before the disaster swamped the area, triggering the triple core meltdown of the power plant.

Haragamaobama is the fourth beach in Fukushima's 18 pristine beaches to reopen to the people after the tragedy.

In its neighboring town Miyagi Prefecture, Watanoha beach has also been reopened for the first time since 2011, though in a different place. The giant waves from the tsunami has moved the sands from the beach 700 meters off its original area.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

Tags
japan, bear, tsunami
© 2021 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

How to Make an Old Car Feel Like New Again

How to Make an Old Car Feel Like New Again

Those who enjoy long road trips put a lot of stock in the

6 Tips for Planning the Perfect African Safari Trip

6 Tips for Planning the Perfect African Safari Trip

For the perfect safari trip, plan in advance, pac

Must-See Places That Makes US a Tourist Paradise

Must-See Places That Makes US a Tourist Paradise

The United States of America is a popular tourist de

Breathtaking Places to Travel Before you Die

Breathtaking Places to Travel Before you Die

A life well-traveled is a life well-lived, for memories

13 Ancient Egyptian Symbols and Their Meanings

13 Ancient Egyptian Symbols and Their Meanings

There are various historically significant Egyptian sy

Air Travel Tips for the Self Employed

Air Travel Tips for the Self Employed

2020 was the year that the COVI-19 pandemic impacted the world'

Common Travel Document Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Common Travel Document Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Traveling is fun, but not when your documents a

Supplements for Vegan Moms Who Love to Travel

Supplements for Vegan Moms Who Love to Travel

It's probably safe to say that we all want to stay safe

6 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

6 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Who doesn't enjoy trekking through lush green forests, inhaling fresh

Six Exotic American Family Vacation Destinations

Six Exotic American Family Vacation Destinations

America has so much to offer in terms of travel dest

How to Apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa

How to Apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa

Canada’s borders are expected to open on May 21! Find out

How To Help Your Dog Overcome Fear Of Flying

How To Help Your Dog Overcome Fear Of Flying

Travelling with your dog not only strengthens the trust

The 5 Safest Cars to Take Across the Country

The 5 Safest Cars to Take Across the Country

These days, the only traveling we can look forward to is

The 6 Best Places to Travel on a Motorcycle

The 6 Best Places to Travel on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles, while fun and exhilarating to ride, are noto

Why You Should Get Travel Insurance Before Your Next Vacation

Why You Should Get Travel Insurance Before Your Next Vacation

Taking a break from your day-to-day lif

How to Travel while Practicing Social Distancing

How to Travel while Practicing Social Distancing

Chances are you’ve been affected by the COVID-19 p

Will I need an approved ETIAS to travel to France?

Will I need an approved ETIAS to travel to France?

France is known for its beautiful culture and natu

8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Studies show that travel can improve our health. These benefit

A Guide to Packing Fashionably in One Suitcase

A Guide to Packing Fashionably in One Suitcase

One of the biggest problems with vacations and traveli

9 Offline Games To Play During Long Flights

9 Offline Games To Play During Long Flights

Long flights can be boring in most cases, but we know the

Why You Should Head to the U.S. East Coast

Why You Should Head to the U.S. East Coast

From coast to coast America has incredible towns and beaut

Best Places to Visit in Denver While Driving Around

Best Places to Visit in Denver While Driving Around

Denver's outdoorsy vibe is best experienced on a

Top Tourist Attractions in Seattle: Parking Options

Top Tourist Attractions in Seattle: Parking Options

From its breathtaking natural attractions to the

travelers today

© 2021 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics