A Powerful Lesson During the Devastating Fukishima Earthquake and Tsunami
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This is probably one of the most extraordinary live Fukishima videos ever captured while tsunami waters engulf the streets of Senda minutes after the devastating 8.9 Japan Earthquake.
In the first minute of this video, you will see the incredible shaking of the street and buildings, almost as if the landscape is on a platform of rubber. The back and forth movement is huge. Buildings sway, cars bounce, streets rise and fall.
One man crouches and reels in an attempt to keep his balance. The video skips to an hour later when the rushing waters hit without warning.
Mr. Muroga, a delivery driver who has a security dashcam installed in his vehicle, was making a delivery through Sendai’s Miyagino-ku when the March 2011 Japan Earthquake struck. Since he was over a kilometer away from the ocean, he and others mistakenly assumed they were safe from any resulting floodwaters.
Out of nowhere, you can see a torrent of rushing water start to rush across the intersection several blocks ahead. One passenger leaps from his car to the right. He doesn’t know where to run.
Suddenly, within seconds, waters rise from behind. Frantic drivers have no time to leave their vehicles and they begin to float. You can see the auto headlights beaming and windshield wipers swishing back and forth while cars, vans and trucks bob and float in the rapidly rising water filled with debris.
If there is ANYTHING amazing and beautiful about this video, it is that Mr. Muroga was able to leap from his vehicle and swam to safety. Within minutes, you can see his vehicle pummeled as it’s swept into a warehouse where it is then crushed and overcome in a wave of metal, water and darkness. At one point while still in his vehicle, Mr. Muroga had briefly hoped the flood waters would recede and he could be saved.
Mr. Muroga wants everyone to see the extraordinary power and devastation of a tidal wave that can overcome a city without warning. He reports that there was no noise, no warning whatsoever. It was truly a silent killer. His message:
Watch the video and see how important it is to leave your vehicle and seek higher ground during a tidal wave. If there are any coastal earthquakes, be aware of tsunamis even if you over a kilometer distant from the sea.