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MARCH 2012 UPDATE: IMAGES OF IMPACTED AREAS ONE YEAR AFTER THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

MRP Engineering revisited northeast Japan in March 2012 to observe regional recovery in the aftermath of the 2011 M9 earthquake and tsunami. Massive cleanup of coastal areas is in progress. Recovery and rebuilding a more resilient future will take years for the tsunami-impacted areas.

All photos taken by Mark R. Pierepiekarz.

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Photo: M. Pierepiekarz
Sendai Sewage Treatment Plant – The waterfront facility was damaged by tsunamis. Rebuilding of the plant, which serves 70% of Sendai, will take four years.
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Tsunami damaged piping at Sendai Sewage Treatment Plant.

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Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture) – A few structures remain along the waterfront. Paper and pulp mill (in the background) is back in operation and provides local jobs.
Photo: M. Pierepiekarz
Minamisanriku town (Miyagi Prefecture) – This coastal community is still working on cleanup and restoration of services. Many displaced residents are living in temporary housing.

Photo: M. Pierepiekarz
Minamisanriku town (Miyagi Prefecture) — One of few currently functioning shops in town.
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Uratsu (Miyagi Prefecture) – The bridge superstructure (left) was uplifted and removed by the tsunami forces. The remaining bridge piers were retrofitted following the 1978 earthquake. The low-profile bridge (right) survived the tsunamis.

Photo: M. Pierepiekarz
Uratsu (Miyagi Prefecture) – Community cleanup is progressing. The upslope school campus (right background) survived the tsunamis.
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Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture) – Debris cleanup in progress. Note the stockpile on the right.

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Tokura (Miyagi Prefecture) – Coastal community devastated by tsunamis with a few reinforced concrete structures remaining.
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Tokura (Miyagi Prefecture) – Temporary barriers were erected along the shoreline. Many such communities experienced damaged flood walls and coastal subsidence.
 

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