The massive and deadly tsunami which hit the eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, had left behind piles of huge rubble. Two years have passed after the massive natural disaster, but certain parts of northeast Japan still remain as wastelands.


The area has splintered remains of wooden homes and shattered lives. However, there are occasional buildings visible on the landscape and some of the houses looked repaired. There are also gleaming signs of traffic on the newly laid roads, which take people to villages and towns that are still struggling to come up after the major set-back.

The railway tracks, which were twisted by the powerful waves, have been laid back and their services have also resumed. However, nowadays few people travel on such routes, as the population has become smaller due to the tragedy. The local economy is showing new signs of growth, spurred on by the government’s cash relief, which comes in from time to time.

The memories of the huge and dangerous waves refuse to fade away, as children still have nightmares and families still mourn their lost ones. The government has ordered many of its citizens to evacuate from the ‘no-go zone’ surrounding the crippled plant in Fukushima as well.


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