Japan Tsunami Survivor

Families returned home for the first time in attempt to recover personal belongings

One of the 250+ Evacuees staying at Kesennuma City hall comes in to discus how the community can best respond to this disaster, and future plans as well as organize an itinerary for the following days.

Vice principle, Owasoa-San explains that, although every child was reunited with their parents who also survived, some of their homes were washed away. Those who lost thier homes went to stay in Rias Hall newly converted Evacuee center.

The Japanese response to this disaster has is extremely organized to say the least. The Government has provided for almost all the immediate needs, so much so that many aid organizations are unable to find places to give food, water, and blankets

A washed up fishing boat rests over a car on front street of port city Kasen-Numa, Japan

Woman waving to loved one

Yugo Sasso, moving sewer cap with Kesennuma seal

Vice principle tells us her experience of how the entire school survived the tsunami that wiped out their entire area.

Vice principle, Owasoa-San shows us photos of the children.

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Woman walking through neighborhood rubble

Woman searches through donation boxes to find warm blankets

School staff and 86 Children, all survived the largest ever recorded quake and tsunami with no injuries.

Samaritans Purse

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More than a mile inland a survivor digs through rubble hoping to find belongings

Na-San, 70 year old survivor smiles as he overlooks the fish factory he worked at

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Mika, 8 is dropped off at evacuee center to play with her friend who lost her home.

Mika and Audes jump in front of the camera smiling, as I photograph Audes's mother Etoathai.

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letters to loved ones are posted at evacuee center to tell where families are living

Tsunami wave crushes port town Kesenuma, Japan



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Fresh fruit and vegetables were very hard to get amidst the crisis. 9 Days in, supplies began to increase

Families returned home for the first time to try attempt to recover personal belongings





Evacuee reads the morning paper from his new shared living area.

Evacuees look out over Ofunatu from Rias Hall, their new temporary home.

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Daily routines end. Now displaced with no knowledge of where or when they may call life normal, or days regular this family shares their space with other evacuees.4

Boys play cards to pass time during long days, while schools are still closed.

Audes 8 years old smiles to the camera from her new living space.

Among the Ship riddled wreckage in Kasen-Numa port city were reports of oil tankers catching fire to the tsunami setting ablaze all in its path

Aid coming in by boat

A washed up fishing boat rests over a car on front street of port city Kasen-Numa, Japan

A man spots a loved one for the first time since the Tsunami 10 days earlier. I witnessed joy overtake him as he sat downcast smoking a cigarette seconds earlier

Yugo Sasso, humanitarian and chairmen of The Rubber Duck Foundation searches through rubble still hoping to find survivors.


8 year old Ales, and Mika are dropped off to play with Audes at the evacuee center for the day. (right to left)

34 year old, Kachito Owada joyfully causes smiles as he serves breakfast.

A bank worker sent out to locate and recover ATM machines scattered throughout the rubble.