Natori City - Yuriage elementary school.
Two sets of flow directions near elementary school - trees are bent to the left by the stronger inflow, grasses to the left by the weaker outflow.
Yuriage: Nothing but a sand sheet and the steel remains of house reinforcements remain. This area hasn't been disturbed yet - a good place for the tsunami deposits folks to work.
The older woman returned for the first time to the Natori City area where her house had been. The only reason she survived was because she was shopping with her daughter that day.
Tsunami forest - bending...
Over 1600 hectares of tsunami forest succumbed on the March 11 - slightly over half to the tsunami (like the trees here in Natori City) and the remainder to fire.
Sendai: A new business - retrieving data from flooded electronics.
The S Pal mall in Sendai provided a temporary place for evacuees to sleep, and telephones for them to call relatives.
Water mark in the Yuriage Junior High evacuation place.
For one day evacuees were stuck on the upper floors of the Junior High School building - sleeping on cardoard.
Sendai Airport in Natori City - notes of support.
Yuriage Junior High School - clock stopped when the power went out at 2:46 PM.
Yuriage - dealing with debris.
Yuriage Memory Hall - where volunteers have collected photos and other memorabilia from the disaster area.
Tsunami of evacuees on the roof of the Yuriage elementary school evacuation center. Photo courtesy of the Yuriage Memory Hall.
Children's backpacks retrieved from the area around the Yuriage school.
Walking towards the memorial hill to the 1933 (Showa) and 1960 (Chile) tsunamis. The water height in 2011 overtopped the hill.
Megumi Sugimoto points to the inscription on the tsunami stone commemorating the 1933 tsunami - where it describes this hill as a safe area.
Elementary School in East Matsushima that was NOT a designated evacuation site - perhaps because the stairs were inside the building and ever since the school massacres of 2001, there is concern about outsiders coming into schools.
Pet rescue group in East Matsushima.
A tight squeeze driving in the disaster area in East Matsushima.
Volunteers picking up debris (and the record of the high water mark) in East Matsushima.
East Matsushima - daffodils that have come up since March 11.
East Matsushima - just outside of the inundation zone.
Matsushima - this is what a small tsunami deposit looks like. Arrow shows the water mark on the tree trunk.
One of the evacuation routes in Matsushima goes to the Zen Meditation Center at Zuiganji Temple. The tsunami reached about halfway up this path.
The evacuation place in Matsushima - ordinarily a Zen Meditation Center.
It's the season for new bamboo shoots. - Zuiganji Temple, Matsushima.
Ferry service resumed in Matshima Bay on May 2.
Steel I beam bent by the tsunami in Ishinomaki.
Megumi points to marker indicating the height of the 1960 Chile tsunami in Minami Sanriku.
The Disaster Prevention Department Minami Sanriku town headquarters. At least twenty people died in this building including Keri Luna, an official who kept announcing that the tsunami was coming and to go to high ground. Note the hills in the background where they all could have easily walked to.
Minami Sanriku tsunami flood gates and remains of the sea wall.
Ishinomaki Port - cleaned up by May 6.
Hospital at Minami Sanriku.
Locomotive on display at Minimi Sanriku pushed 8 meters off tracks and toppled over, crushing commemorative tsunami stones in the process.
Vertical evacuation place in Minami Sanriku. Only the 5th floor was safe.
Ishinomaki - great opportunity for the tatami mat industry. But none of it is in Japan any more, almost all of it is made in China.
Volunteers in Ishinomaki. Many Japanese spent Golden Week (April 29 - May 5) in organized volunteer cleanup crews in the disaster area.
Ishinomaki. The water height here was to the top of the first floor - but the boat floating on the tsunami raised the damage level much higher.
Tricky driving in Kessunuma.
This pole marked the expected tsunami hazard in Kessenuma - 2 meters. The actual water height - 16 meters.
Liquefaction complicated effects in Kessenuma.
End of the road near Kessenuma. This was our rental car's maiden voyage.
Rikuzen-Takata evacuation place from the coast side.
Rikuzen-Takata evacuation place from the ocean side. Only the top four or five steps might have been safe.
Capitol Hotel Rikuzen-Takata. Glass on the first balcony was broken.
The reinnforced concrete Capitol hotel and the evacuation sites were about the only surviving structures on the Rikuzen-Takata waterfront.
Rikuzen-Takata tsunami gates and remains of the sea wall.
An enigma - 3 x 4 foot granite blocks in Rikuzen-Takata. Don't know where they came from, why they are here or how/if they moved.
Finishing temporary housing in Iwanuma.
Inside the almost finished temporary housing - Iwanuma.
Finished temporary housing - Iwanuma.
May 5 is Children's Day when families fly gaily colored Koi representing each family member. Matsushima Bay.
Koi at half mast at the Evacuation Shelter in Iwanuma.
Navigating through the tsunami zone.
Sakura season in Ichinoseki.
The people were helpful and kind and this family invited us in for tea.