On March 11, 2011, a tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake that struck 130 km off the coast of Northern Japan and swept across the coast of Northern Honshu, destroying all in its path. A year later, thousands of photographs, slowly deteriorating due to the elements, lie scattered throughout the tsunami affected region of Japan. Above, a damaged photograph of people celebrating a national holiday. It, and the following images, were found in albums lying by a roadside in Rikuzentakata, a city in Iwate that was devastated by the tsunami.
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