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Tsunami’s devastation still evident in Tohoku region of Japan

Posted On May 25, 2012 by

Tohoku building covered in tsunami debris

A fishing net hangs from a building in the Tohoku region of Japan. -- Credit: Nick Mallos

At 3:11 p.m. on March 11, 2011, 156 homes made up the village of Ryoishi in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. Five minutes later, six homes remained.

More than 15 months have elapsed since 100+ foot waves swept over the Tohoku region of Japan. Most of the world—along with many Japanese outside the region—assumes recovery and rebuilding efforts are almost complete. I assure you they are not.

I’ve spent the past two days walking the streets and shorelines of Kamaishi, Ryoishi and other villages in Iwate Prefecture, and the damage is indescribable.

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