Text: “These Century-Old Stone “Tsunami Stones” Dot Japan’s Coastline.”
Extract: “At the edge of Aneyoshi, a small village on Japan’s northeastern coast, a 10-foot-tall stone tablet stands, carved with a dire warning to locals.
“High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants,” the rock slab says. “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”
To what extent did the local pay attention to this type of a warning? To what extent would the local pay attention to a scientific survey that showed the risks of building close to the coast? Is information presented in a scientific manner more persuasive?
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