2011.03.11 || 2017.03.11 Children of the Tsunami

6 years passed after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

東日本大震災 Higashi nihon daishinsai

I still remember exactly where I was when I heard about it. I was in Europe, mourning for the loss of my 35 year old great friend from a heart attack.We used to share our love for Japanese culture and two days after her official time of death the earthquake stroke strongly.Although far away from the devastating natural disaster where thousands of people and beings suffered my heart was aching for them.I can’t imagine what they have really experienced but my heart was praying strongly for a long time as I was suffering from one and only loss…I couldn’t even slightly feel the magnitude of their losses.


15,894 deaths

6,152 injured

2,562 people missing across twenty prefectures

28,863 people living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation.

127,290 buildings totally collapsed

272,788 buildings “half collapsed”

747,989 buildings partially damaged

heavy damage to roads and railways

fires in many areas

a dam collapse.

Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water.

nuclear accidents, primarily the level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least three nuclear reactors suffered explosions due to hydrogen gas that had built up within their outer containment buildings after cooling system failure resulting from the loss of electrical power. Residents within a 20 km (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and a 10 km (6.2 mi) radius of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated.

(10 March 2015, from the report of the Japanese National Police Agency)


In memory of the lost souls, the injured, the missing, the homeless, the evacuated, the animals, nature and infastracture

the people who survived and suffered great losses

the people who rebuilt their lives and buildings

for the children of the Tsunami

“This is a depiction of the Japanese tsunami and the nuclear catastrophe which happened afterwards, seen through the eyes of the Japanese children. The tsunami hit on a Friday afternoon just before the school ended that day. It demolished lot of schools along 200 miles of Japan’s north-east coast. All the schools were abandoned to high ground except for Okawa Primary School.

The earthquake which created the tsunami hit at 14:46 on the 11th of March. The quake was 9 degrees on the Richter scale strong and went on for more than two minutes. Before reaching Okawa Primary the tsunami would devastate two other schools near the sea. The teachers at the first school managed to get the children to higher ground. Then the tsunami flooded the second primary school where teachers and children successfully escaped to the roof.

Now the tsunami aimed for Okawa, the school two miles inland. More than 1/2 hour had passed since the beginning of the disaster and around 100 children were still in the school recreation area, lingering. The teachers were arguing whether to go up the highland behind the school or head for the adjoining bridge. During that half an hour the tsunami created lot of debris along 200 miles of Japan’s Pacific shoreline, and took 19000 lives. As the tsunami died down, a 100 miles south of Okawa Primary School – in Fukushima – another tragedy happened.

The tsunami broke the cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and nuclear fuel in three of its reactors began to melt down. As the authorities were trying to take back the control over the plant, one of the reactors blew up. Two days after the explosion, a second blast discharged smog of radioactive dust high into the atmosphere. Twenty six hours after the tsunami, Japan broadcasted an evacuation order to everyone residing within 12 miles of the plant. Over the next two days 80,000 people deserted their residences.”


Japan Times

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