Japan’s tsunami and its aftermath have echoes of Hurricane Katrina for New Orleanians

Date: Mar 14, 2011

Japan's tsunami and its aftermath have echoes of Hurricane Katrina for New Orleanians

For metro New Orleans residents, whose memories of Katrina are indelible, the tragic aftermath of Japan's tsunami is almost too much to bear.

The death toll in that nation continues to rise, large numbers of survivors are still missing or awaiting rescue and the country faces difficulty tending to tens of thousands of people who are displaced. On top of that, they face the world's most serious nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Russia.

In the breadth of the tsunami's damage and in its human toll, New Orleanians are finding echoes of what we went through 5 ½ years ago. And just like during Katrina, there are stories of incredible human endurance in Japan.

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