27 May 2013


Through a broken window, the view of a destroyed classroom at Kadonowaki Elementary School in Ishinomaki. Kadonowaki neighbourhood was one of the most devastated areas in the city during the 2011 tsunami that hit the coastal areas of northeast Japan.

As the last point of resistance before the land rises, the school building took the full force of the 10 metre wall of water, thick with debris and dozens of cars. As metal crashed into and crumpled against the concrete structure the tanks of gasoline ignited and the building was gutted by fire.

More than 380 students and staff members lost their life as result of the disaster.

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