Yuki Hashimoto, 22, a volunteer worker from Tokyo, helping to remove debris in the tsunami-affected area in Kamaishi, Iwate, in one month after the earthquake and tsunami. "I wanted to do something for the victims, but I did not know what I can do," Hashimoto said. When he was feeling almost guilty that he could not do anything for them, he received an email that is looking for a volunteer worker to clean up the debris. He applied right away. "I came here to help people because I felt sorry," he said. After working for them, he noticed that it was a kind of self-satisfaction and arrogant of him. "Now, I feel more humble and grateful that they let me help them," he said.
On May 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.