On May 11, 2011, earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit the Tohoku area, killing more than 15,000 people and missing more than 5,000 people. Mrs. Katsumi Saito, 69, in front of the temporary grave yard for his husband who was washed away by tsunami in front of her. "He was hangin on to a telephone pole, but after all he was taken away by the tsunami," she said. "He wave his hands to me in the water. I could not help him."