Reflections and Aftershocks
Author: Jeff Kingston
A magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami on 11 March 2011 pulverized numerous coastal villages in the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, killing nearly 24,000 people and initially displacing more than one half million from their homes. This natural disaster was compounded by the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. The horrific scenes of devastation and personal loss sear a place in memory usually reserved for nightmares. This photo essay features encounters with survivors, glimpses of tsunami-flattened villages, and reflections on Fukushima and the future of nuclear energy in Japan.