Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Rikuzen Takata (2) as it looks now

Overlooking a river valley that was inundated. I estimate more than
1km from the coast. The train line used to run through here.

Where the town proper used to stand - approaching the coast.

The Central Hotel on the foreshore. By the damage it seems that
the tsunami came to the height of the second top floor.

An apartment building and the hospital (I think) behind.
This used to be the main part of town.

Piles of concrete

It's hard to believe such a calm sea could become
an all engulfing tsunami...


It seems like timber is being woodchipped.

It will take a long time to get rid of the cars.
There are still some here and there that haven't been
put into a central location - I should have asked the bus driver the reason
but I assume because of ownership / missing person issues.
The tsunami came to the second top floor of an apartment
building in one of the few buildings still standing.

Coming down into the former town from the visitors centre.

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