11th September will mark the six month anniversary since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Last weekend I visited the region for the first time since it happened to see firsthand the size of the affected area and the vast scale of the devastation. The Government, various NGOs and charities are providing much needed reconstruction and humanitarian assistance and progress has been made in bringing the core infrastructure back online. However, large areas remain seemingly untouched since that fateful day. It will likely take years, and continuous support, for normality to fully return to the region.
The following photos were taken in and around Ishinomaki City and Minami-Sanriku which were two of the worst hit areas. In Minami-Sanriku alone over half of the 20,000 population are missing or confirmed dead.
View out to sea from Ishinomaki
What remains of the fishing village of Koamihama, Ishinomaki
Warped metal pole show the destructive power of the tsunami, Ishinomaki
Boats left stranded hundreds of metres from the sea, Ishinomaki
Boat carved in half by the tsunami, Ishinomaki
A toppled stone commemerating the 1933 earthquake and tsunami, Ishinomaki
Boat perched on lower roof of hospital building, Minami Sanriku
More than half the 20,000 population of Minami Sanriku were confirmed dead or still missing
Apocalyptic landscape of Minami-Sanriku
Mangled cars strewn everywhere, Minami Sanriku
Mangled cars and trucks piled up
Collapsed house in Ishinomaki
Finding ways to dispose of the debris is an increasing problem