Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
All site locations, Japan
Pre-tsunami Japan: 2010
Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture
Minamisanriku (population ~ 18,000) is an important fishing (silver salmon) and aquaculture (scallops and oysters) township. Historic tsunamis that have impacted Minamisanriku were the 1960 Chilean and 1896 Meiji-Sanriku events. The town lies at the northwest corner of an east-west trending boxed-shaped embayment (see map above). The township was severely impacted by the March 11 tsunami as shown in this vertical aerial photograph (below; see a larger version; photo courtesy of Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, GSI).