Originally published: July 18, 2011
As many people know, on the afternoon of March 11th, 2011, one of the world's richest countries was ravaged by the largest earthquake in its recorded history. Minutes later, as the inhabitants of the Tohoku Region were still recovering from the shock, a tsunami - well over forty feet high - struck the coastline, demolishing everything in its path. Tsunami escape areas, supposed safe zones, were inundated. Hospitals full of the sick and schools full of children were submerged.