In this series of photos taken by an official of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, and released Friday, Toya Chiba, a reporter for the Iwate Tokai Shimbun, is engulfed by the tsunami at around 3:25 p.m. on March 11 in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, while filming with his video camera. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap around 8 meters high after being swept away for about 30 meters. Chiba said it took less than 20 seconds from when the water hit his knees until it inundated him. He said he is happy to be alive but regrets losing his camera amid the chaos.© Japan Today
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