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A look beneath the waves 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

We’re fast approaching the 10th year since the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region of Tohoku.

The destructive quake which measured a magnitude of 9 – making it the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan (so powerful in fact, a brief quake which hit east Japan last month has been theorized to be an aftershock of the massive earthquake almost 10 years to the day) – not only triggered powerful tsunami waves that led to the explosion of the Fukushima power plants, but also moved the island of Honshu 2.4 meters eastshifted the Earth’s axis and increased the planet’s rotational speed.

As you can imagine, damage on land was, and in some places still is, extensive. Not only that, but, if we take a look beneath the waves of the Sanriku Coastline, we can see how aquatic life was also affected by the earthquake.

From March10 to April 4, Miyagi Television Broadcasting Co will hold a special exhibition showcasing the natural regeneration of the Sanriku coast at the Sendai Uminomori Aquarium.

In the exhibition, the work of Yasuaki Kagii will be exhibited. Kagii is an underwater photographer noted for diving into the sea of ​​Iwate Prefecture immediately after the earthquake in order to document the damage. He has also regularly captured the state of the Sanriku sea and how it has been regenerating in the years following the devastating quake.

Additionally, Japan’s leading underwater photographer, Ikuo Nakamura, will also participate in the exhibition, providing emotive content that evokes hope for the future of the Sanriku coastline.


Yasuaki Kagii and Ikuo Nakamura Special Underwater Photo Exhibition

Dates: March 10 - April 4

Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (March 10 – 19), 9:00 – 17:30 (March 20 – April 4)

Location: Sendai Uminomori Aquarium 2nd Floor Exhibition Room

Exhibition admission: Admission is free, but admission to the aquarium is required.

The exhibition will display imagery that conveys the power and strength of the ocean, the marine life that lives there, and the fight to revive and restore the beauty of the Sanriku coast.

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Looks like photoshop enhanced colors. Unnatural

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Captions would be nice, what is that Pokemon?

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It amazing how nature can bounce back so quickly after a major disturbance like a Storm etc. Last year when covid hit us, there was pictures from verious countries showing us smog, pollution, etc before covid hit and then 1 month after covid hit us and we all went into lockdown, that 90% of the smog and pollution stopped, which begs the question how has lockdown affected nature? has it helped the environment?

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@Mickelicious: That pokemon looks like a nudibranch, colourful little critters.

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not only are the underwater scenes beautiful here but it's a great opportunity for research to minimize the impact of future quakes.

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