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location of Minamisanriku.
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Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture

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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).

Aerial photograph of Minamisanriku taken on March 17 2011.

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