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Pre-tsunami Japan: 2010

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Kamaishi City is located at the head of an irregular-shaped, roughly east-west trending bay that is another good natural harbor and an important iron and fish port facility. Post-tsunami satellite imagery shows extensive damage to port facilities. The 1896 Meiji Sanriku tsunami devastated Kamaishi where nearly 5,000 people perished out of a population of about 6,500. A tsunami seawall was constructed at the entrance to Kamaishi Bay in water depths up to 63 m and took 20 years to complete (1978-2008). Post satellite imagery shows damage to the seawall.

Aerial photo of Kamaishi, courtesy of Google.

Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010. Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010.
Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010. Photo taken in Kamaishi in 2010.

Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010.
Close-up of one side of seawall at the entrance to Kamaishi Bay.

Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010.
Close-up of the other side of seawall.

The Kamaishi Daikannon ("big Kannon statue") is 48.5 meter high and is located on the tip of the Kamazaki Peninsula, overlooking the entrance to Kamaishi Bay.
Photo taken in Kamaishi in April 2010.
Photo of the Daikannon taken in 2004 by "hirame", from Panoramio and Google Earth. Seawall can be seen in the distance.
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