Anaguma

Anaguma

Posted on 03/19/2007


Photo taken on May 26, 2005



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Japan
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Tsunami
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Taro tsunami wall 田老町 岩手

Taro tsunami wall 田老町 岩手
The village of Tarou tucked behind its tsunami wall. This was built in response to successive tsunami which destroyed the town in 1896 and again in 1933.

March 13 2011 update:
街は壊滅状態で更地と化しているようです。
"It seems the downtown has turned into a vacant lot of shambles."

The 10m wall wasn't high enough for this one. The water topped the wall and ran up destroying most of the houses in this photo, and also started fires. Entry to the town was opened Sunday AM as rubble blocked both highway tunnels into town. So far it seems that most residents got to higher ground. Others got caught in a traffic jam trying to leave and didn't want to leave their cars -- they didn't.

Mrs. Yoshi Tabata, a survivor as a small girl of the 1933 tsunami, has been teaching everyone in town to keep their shoes nearby, leave with the first shudder of the earthquake, and know the path to high ground in the dark.

100 days after:
www.flickr.com/photos/anaguma/5889160305/

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