Time stood still
Pieces of ‘ earthquake heritage’ items tell the story of a devastating day.
CLOCKS that stopped ticking tell the story of what happened five years ago – the strong shaking and the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’ s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Employees of the town government of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, where evacuation orders are still in effect, have been collecting pieces of “earthquake heritage” – items that show us the scars left by the complex disaster.
A clock at the town’s assembly hall points to 2.46pm and never moves.
“The battery might have fallen out due to the shaking,” Takeshi Monma, a 32- year- old town government employee, said.
A clock installed in front of a barbershop, meanwhile, points to 2.53pm. According to Tohoku Electric Power Co, a blackout struck the town around that time.
A clock covered with mud was left in a drugstore. It points to 3.36pm. That was around the time when the tsunami’s depth was rapidly increasing.
The town government has been collecting those clocks and other items with permission from their owners to preserve them as historical materials for future generations. A total of about 800 items, including the hood of a patrol car that the tsunami swept away and a bent signboard, have been collected so far. – The Japan News/ Asia News Network
clocks collected by the town government of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, are shown in this photo taken last month. They stopped ticking due to the Great East Japan Earthquake.