1. Surviving the Japanese Tsunami

The shock and resulting wave cost thousands of lives

Dec 26, 2011
Outside Magazine

From above, the earth looked like a dump. Seaside homes had been reduced to piles of toothpicks. Hotels had been blasted into chunks of concrete and rebar. The neat patchwork fields of farms farther inland had been smeared into mud stained bogs dotted with random cars. Boats sat on top of buildings. Gas flared into the night from broken pipes. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Japan and led to a tsunami killed an estimated 20,000 people, and its effects are still being felt. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hasn’t stopped leaking contaminated material. From the rubble, stories of survival and heroism surfaced. A team stayed at the nuclear power plant to prevent disaster. Rescue workers in Ishinomaki found a four-month-old baby in a destroyed home. A man carried into the Pacific on the roof of his house survived for more than two days alone at sea. You can read that survival story in the link below, and we suggest you do.

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