Tsunami Tales pt.1: Remember the selfless bravery of Miki Endo in Minamisanriku

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On March 11, 2011 Miki Endo (24) kept announcing to the 17,700 citizens of her hometown Mimamisanriku to seek higher ground as the tsunami approached. As the tidal wave engulfed the town, Miki tragically lost her life as the three story building wasn’t high enough to escape. Despite the huge rebuild in Minamisanriku today, the skeleton of the building will be preserved as a memory of that fateful day.

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This is what it looked like 6 years ago. Miki had been clinging to the tip of the radio mast but  it wasn’t high enough.

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Here are the pictures I took of Minamisanriku over 5 years ago.

This is what it looks like today

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The rebuilding of the town will take at least another 5 years. It is hard to know what to think. So much reclaimed land, huge mounds of dirt and lots of temporary buildings which mostly house convenience stores. When the workers go, will there be a Minamisanriku to call home? It just looks temporary. Nothing should take away the bravery of Miki Endo.

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