The news of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 flashed across the globe with images of the waves wiping out homes and followed by a nuclear meltdown that kept the world on edge. On the eve of the two year anniversary, Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was recently released which chronicles the events and individual stories of survival and loss bringing a human and personal experience to the tragedy.
The authors, Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill, are both journalists who were living in Japan during that time. The book goes beyond a basic telling of the disaster and investigates the background, response, coverage, and the possible implications from these tragic events. This account is both emotional and intellectual and is a well-rounded examination of this life altering disaster.