Japanese Photographers React To The Tragic Aftermath Of Japan’s ‘Triple Disaster’


On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., two tectonic plates at the bottom of the Japanese Trench slipped. The bump was like nothing the area had felt before. The Tohoku earthquake, measuring in at a magnitude of 9.0, lasted a full six minutes, moving parts of the region up to 26 feet in the process. It was the fourth largest earthquake on record (since 1900), and the largest in Japanese history.

2011:04:02, Minamisanriku, Motoyoshi, Miyagi Prefecture from North East Earthquake Disaster Tsunami 2011 Portfolio, 2011, Miyoshi Kōzō

This was the first of three events that would later be known as Japan’s “Triple Disaster.” Within an hour, the Tohoku earthquake propelled a series of massive tsunami waves which took down entire villages with their devastation. Monstrous 30-foot waves flooded the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant north of Tokyo, swiftly cutting off its power. Half of the plant’s reactors overheated, and nuclear fuel erupted into explosions with frightening potential for radioactive fallout. Tens of thousands evacuated their homes. Thousands of tons of water were used to combat the explosions. In December of 2011, the Tokyo Electric Power Company revealed that at least 45 metric tons of radioactive water had leaked —> Read More Here


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