JAPAN Tsunami

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Shinji Takai, 37, strawberry farmer, volunteers to wash and dry the photographs found from debris at a shelter, Hashikami Junior High School, in Kesennuma, Miyagi. When the earthquake hit, he was driving a car with his daughter. When he arrived at home, his house was fine. Worrying about his strawberry farm, he rapidly evacuated with his family. The tsunami destroyed the first floor of his house and the whole his strawberry farm. "It is very hard to get rid of salt from the land. I don't know how long it will take to harvest strawberry again in my farm," he said. "But at least I have a house. Many people lost their houses and now live in this shelter." Instead of worrying about his uncertain future, he decided to volunteer to restore pictures found from debris. He washes pictures one by one, dries them, and archives them in albums for the victims who come and look for their lost pictures. "Fujifilm helped us and showed us how to do this. We are so grateful," he said. "The tsunami washed away cars, houses and people, but it could not wash away our good memories." <br />
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On March 11, 2011, the earthquake of magnitude 9.0, the biggest earthquake in the history of Japan and the fourth biggest earthquake in the world after year 1900, shocked the Tohoku area of Japan. In about 30 minutes, devastating tsunami reached, affecting the coastline with a length of 500 km (310 miles). The tsunami wave height of 39 meters (128 feet) was recorded in a port town in Tohoku. The tsunami swallowed villages along the coast and washed away all houses. The earthquake and tsunami killed more than 15,800 people, and still more than 3,500 people are missing.