Helping Tsunami Victims with a Joggling World Record
These images were taken 15 months after the tsunami. An image cannot capture the true sense of how powerful the disaster was. Monstrous concrete structures that would otherwise be expected to last lifetimes are gone and locals have not yet cleaned up.
Isatomae (ee-sah-toh-mah-eh) is a community of about 6,000 people located in the town of Minamisanriku (met-nah-mee-san-ree-ku). Minamisanriku is in the Tōhoku region of Japan, which is in the north east of the main island.
Over a year after the devastating Japanese tsunami on March 11, 2011, the survivors in Minamisanriku live among rubble that is almost unimaginable to first-world citizens The shops, houses, and restaurants that once thrived in peace have been literally swept away, leaving behind nothing but concrete stumps that reveal the floor plan of the buildings they once held. The lack of morale, motivation, and manpower in the town has prevented residents from being able to rebuild much of what was destroyed.
Over 6% of the original 19,170 people have been confirmed dead or missing, a shocking number when considering that day started just like any other day. Though mainstream media around the world no longer writes many articles about the aftermath of the disaster, the problem is still very real and active in the afflicted regions.
The goal of this world record is to raise awareness, support, and donations for the citizens of Minami-sanriku in order to restart their lives and move forward. These residents had been adjusted to an extraordinarily high quality of life, with ample engineering, knowledge, and expertise in combating earthquakes and tsunamis. But they became victims, not martyrs, of a probabilistic event.