Ten years ago an earthquake generated tsunami devastated Fukushima, Japan
During the relief operation, the 7th Fleet flew 160 search and relief sorties for 1,100 flight hours, delivered 260 tons of relief supplies, and helped clear the ports of Hachinohe, Aomori, Miyako, Iwate, and Kesennuma, Miyagi. Units of the U.S. Seventh Fleet responded with aid that invariably saved many lives.
In total 130 aircraft, 12,510 personnel and over 16 American naval ships took part in Operation Tomodachi, including USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS Stethem (DDG-63), USS McCampbell (DDG-85), USS Preble (DDG-88), USS Mustin (DDG-89), USS Germantown (LSD-42), USS Tortuga (LSD-46), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50).
2 thoughts on “Fukushima Tsunami, March 10 2011”
My now deceased ex-wife was from Fukushima. She had 5 brothers, some aunts and uncles along with nieces and nephews all living in that area. After the Tsunami, we were never able to find anyone of her relatives. She never recovered from those losses right up to the time she passed.
Today, 3/11/2021 being the 10th anniversary of this devastating tragedy has the news stations broadcasting several stories of loss and recovery. The Japanese always manage to find a way of reconciliation and hope. The hope, I feel springs from the indomitable spirit of this Island nation. I will admit that at times I find it difficult to view the films of the tragedy. But the Japanese have found a way to move on with their lives. These people are the embodiment of strength, agility, and perseverance.