The small town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture was one of the hardest hit. About 10 percent of the population perished or went missing, including the mayor and many town officials. Iwate’s leading local newspaper, the Iwate Tokai Shimbun, was unable to continue operating as their printing press was washed out to sea, and two of their reporters were killed.
“The tragic loss of life and property damage associated with recent catastrophic tsunamis has raised global awareness of tsunami hazards, hazards,” the study notes, citing gigantic tsunamis in the Indian Ocean in 2004, off Somoa in 2009 and the particularly massive one that sprang off the coast of Japan two years ago.
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Tsunami – The Tohoku earthquake (March 11, 2011- at Kesennuma)