When a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan at 2.46pm on 11 March 2011, Ms Sonoda was in her kitchen. The giant shockwave – the strongest ever recorded in the country – sent her dining table flying from one side of the room to the other. She dropped to the ground. “It was huge, and very long. We couldn’t stay standing,” she says.

Forty minutes later, a 30-foot tsunami triggered by the earthquake swept through Fukushima prefecture. Sonoda (who did not want to give her full name), her husband and their 8-year-old son escaped the wave in their mountain village. But, she tells Resurgence & Ecologist ...


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