Kamaishi Sanriku Tsunami

On June 15, 1896, 27,000 people died in a huge tsunami that swept over the seaport of Kamaishi, Japan. A local earthquake caused mild shaking of the port city, which was not unusual in this tectonically active area. However, 20 minutes later the bay began to recede, then 45 minutes after the earthquake, the port city was inundated with a 90-foot- (27-m-) high wall of water that came in with a tremendous roar. The town was almost completely obliterated, and 27,000 people, mostly women and children, perished in a few short moments. Kamaishi was a fishing port, and when the tsunami struck, the fishing fleet was at sea and did not notice the tsunami, since it had a small amplitude in the deep ocean. When the fishing fleet returned the next morning, they sailed through many miles of debris, thousands of bodies, and reached their homes only to find a few smoldering fires among a totally devastated community.

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