Aerial view of tsunami zone: cleaner but barren

An aerial view of tsunami-battered seaside communities shows striking progress eight months after Japan's March 11 disaster. Much of the rubble, crumpled cars and other debris are gone.

Yet seen from a helicopter Friday carrying Associated Press journalists, there were few signs of rebuilding along the rocky coastline.

The brown, barren void where bustling towns once stood is a sobering reminder of how much work still lies ahead.

Local communities have just begun to come out with long-term rebuilding plans.

On the ground, people living in rows of temporary houses that surround the towns say they are frustrated that authorities aren't moving ahead more quickly with reconstruction plans.

Accidents and disastersNatural disastersnewsUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Officer who knelt with George Floyd protesters accused of insubordination a day later

Rubin Rhodes, a black officer who identifies as non-binary, sent home for wearing earrings

SF officer involved in shooting death of homeless man quit while facing discipline, landed new job in Antioch

An officer who faced discipline for needlessly escalating a confrontation that led… Continue reading

State AG to work with Vallejo on police reforms after fatal shooting of SF man

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced an agreement Friday with Vallejo to… Continue reading

Most Read