The death toll continues to climb in Japan after Friday's devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that swept the country's eastern coast. NPR's Rob Gifford talks to host Guy Raz from Osaka, Japan, about the latest developments.
Most of the damage from Japan's 8.9 magnitude earthquake has not been from the quake itself, but from the massive tsunami it caused. Clayton Jones of the Christian Science Monitor tells host Guy Raz that's because Japan's infrastructure and culture are products of a history fraught with earthquakes and disaster. Its worst earthquake, in 1923, left 143,000 people dead.
Last year, James Fallows of The Atlantic saw firsthand the earthquake damage in Sichuan, China, in 2008. And while his heart goes out to the people of Japan — a place where he and his family once lived — he marvels at their preparedness for such an event. Host Guy Raz speaks with Fallows about the possible long-term effects of Friday's earthquake.