As we reach the one year anniversary of last year's Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the Japan America Societies across the United States, alone with other organizations, have contributed a total of $24.2 million
to the relief effort. This extraordinary humanitarian effort has brought relief to the victims, and a new element to the US-Japan grassroots relationship. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, churning up the devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in Northern Japan, and set off warnings as far away as the west coast of the United States, and South America. Recorded as a 9.0 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful quake to ever hit the country.
One year after the tsunami ravaged Japan, incredible progress has been made, but there are many places where more support is still needed to support the victims, especially orphans and other children.
(Above) an Ofunato street in the heavily hit Iwate Region March 14, 2011, and again January 2012.
(Above) The Sendai Airport on March 14, 2011, and again in January 2012.