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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:46 AM

It's now 2:46 p.m. Japan time, anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan earthquake/tsunami

Japan's Tsunami Caught On Camera:



"The Great East Japan Earthquake struck Tohoku at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011. At 3:12 p.m., twenty-two-foot-high waves hit the city of Kamaishi, killing over twelve hundred people. Monstrous waves barreled farther down the Tohoku coast, killing nearly two thousand people in Rikuzentakara and over three thousand in Ishinomaki. The waves were black and composed of what the Japanese call the hedoro, the dark, smelly, dirty underbelly of the sea that normally lies dormant on the ocean floor. The last officially documented wave was fourteen feet high, and it struck Oarai, about eighty-one miles Northeast of Tokyo, at 4:42 p.m. Here, only one person was killed. That evening, the sun set at 5:45, and the temperature in Tohoku dropped below freezing over night. All told, more than eighteen thousand people died that afternoon and evening, most by drowning. Five days later, with much of Tohoku still cut off from power, and numerous roads damaged, it snowed, further hampering rescue and recovery efforts."

Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye"

"The size of the 2011 tsunami astonished many, but the signs were there -- literally -- posted on roadways all along the Sanriku coastline. Some were set high on winding, hilly roads -- ancient, chilling reminders of a tsunami's long, destructive reach. Farther up, shrines could be found on sites established centuries ago, often on steep hills behind coastal towns. In all likelihood, they were built by the ancestors of the 2011 victims, knowingly far enough away from destructive tsunamis. Blind faith in modern protective seawalls caused numerous deaths. Although the concrete walls may have helped lessen the death toll and level of destruction, most were built too low to stop the waves, and often at astronomical cost. The height of the 1960 Chile tsunami became the standard for specifications, rather than the higher 1896 Meiji Sanriku tsunami. ... Poorly designated evacuation sites also added to the death toll. More than 100 sites in the three hardest-hit coastal prefectures were destroyed by the tsunami. Many fled for safety to designated temples, public schools, and community sites, only to be swept away as the tsunami waves engulfed the buildings. ... Power cuts and the lack of backups left many public warning systems useless."

Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill, "Strong in the Rain"

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Reply It's now 2:46 p.m. Japan time, anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan earthquake/tsunami (Original post)
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yuiyoshida Mar 2020 #1
Cha Mar 2020 #2
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Cha Mar 2020 #4

Response to betsuni (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:13 AM

1. I donated 900 dollars to that relief fund...

Seemed to do a lot of good. 私は彼らがそれを使うことができて幸せでした。

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 02:03 AM

2. Mahalo for this, betsuni.. I got the link

from someone who was in DP.. and just saw it.

So scary

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 03:11 AM

3. I watch this and other videos about the tsunami every year, get obsessed.

And read books about it. Recently, Ruth Ozeki's excellent novel "A Tale for the Time Being," which has a character who may or may not have died in the tsunami (although she shouldn't have told us that to get to the old temple where the character was you had to go up a long steep stairway on a hill, so really not much of a chance the water would reach there).

This one is poor quality, but good (I just noticed the subtitles don't show here on DU, better to go to YouTube instead):

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Response to betsuni (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 03:31 AM

4. That is so sweet and cathartic for the

kids to tell their tsunami stories.

I know what you mean about getting obsessed with something that interests you. Thank you for this, betsuni

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