Not My Backyard! Tsunami Survivors Fight Huge Seawalls
When 32-foot waves stuck the port town of Ofunato on the northeastern coast of Japan three years ago, many residents assumed they were safe. I had always believed that our town, our lives, would be protected by these seawalls. It was always in the subconscious, said Kenji Saito an executive at his family’s confectionery business. But the tsunami leaped over the six-foot concrete blocks on the waterfront, and reached the third floor of Saito Confectionary’s main office. What firewall?
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