Ancient Japanese stone markings warned of tsunami

April 7th, 2011 - 8:15 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, April 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An ancient Japanese stone warned inhabitants of a town to build their homes on higher grounds. The inhabitants followed the advice and that seemed to have saved the day when the devastating tsunami struck the country.

The writings on the stone slab read, “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”

The advice was to the people living in the town of Aneyoshi. They heeded the advice and none of the dozen or so houses in the town were destroyed in the tsunami. The Japanese coastline has been dotted with hundreds of such markings. The markings are estimated to date back to 600 years.

The markings gave precise warnings to the inhabitants living on the country’s coastline. One particular warning advised people that, “If an earthquake comes, beware of tsunamis.”

Officials say 12,000 people have been confirmed dead with thousands of others still missing. The tsunami struck on the 11th of March and officials say they fear as much as 25,000 people could be dead. The disaster has left 100,000 people homeless.

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