Our associates at Ebisu Circuit simply can’t appear to catch a break.
Nearly 10 years on from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake that devastated northern components of Japan, one other sturdy quake hit.
Whereas most areas escaped injury, the identical can’t be mentioned for Ebisu Circuit and Tohoku Safari Park, each positioned up within the mountains above Nihonmatsu Metropolis.
Whereas the epicenter of the 7.3-magnitude quake was out on the Pacific Ocean mattress, Fukushima Prefecture felt a 6.0 tremor which went on for a really lengthy two minutes. What you see right here is the ensuing injury at Ebisu.
A big landslide noticed the facet of the hill on which Drift Land is perched, slip down and canopy a part of the primary straight, pit lane, and pit constructing on Ebisu’s Nishi Course.
Social media was immediately bombarded with pictures of the landslide, however Nobushige Kumakubo – professional drifter, D1 champion, and the proprietor of the ability – requested that individuals gave him time to correctly assess the injury and determine what to do earlier than even excited about accepting all of the provides of assist that got here speeding in.
Which explains why we’re speaking about this now, some three weeks after the earthquake occurred.
In that point, Kumakubo and his staff have already begun the clear up work, and have collectively found out how the remediation needs to be approached. This week they’ve launched an official donations web page, which you’ll be able to entry here.
On high of the hit Ebisu has been taking from COVID-19, it’s tragic to see these pictures; it looks like dangerous déjà vu from a decade in the past. Above you may see how the highest part of the pit buildings have been broken, and the entire lack of some assist autos.
On high of what has been shared on-line, the injury truly extends to different buildings across the higher facility, too. A number of the automobiles that had been parked inside garages on the time of the quake didn’t fare properly both.
After what Ebisu Circuit and its prolonged household that spans from this wonderful venue has carried out for drift tradition through the years, it’s time for the group to give again.
I assume the primary and easiest method proper now’s to supply your assist by donating what you may, with the hope that Ebisu will probably be again on its toes quickly.
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