Takahiro Shito (47; front row, left), father of 11-year-old Chisato, who was killed in the tsunami, and his fellow volunteer firefighters bow for a minute’s silence at 2:46 pm, the time of the earthquake. The firefighters gathered to pay respects to victims at the Okawa Elementary School. Teachers at the school were not trained in tsunami procedure, and had delayed in evacuating the school after the tsunami warning sounded. Out of 108 students at the school, at least 74 died; ten of the 13 teachers were also killed.
A year after the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated large areas of northeastern Japan, thousands of people remained without homes, and the Japanese government was still struggling to dispose of rubble and help rebuild livelihoods.
Un an après le séisme de mars 2011 et le tsunami qui a dévasté d’immenses zones du nord-est du Japon, des milliers de personnes sont encore sans abri et le gouvernement japonais lutte toujours pour déblayer les gravats et restaurer les moyens de subsistance.
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Daniel Berehulak is a New Delhi-based photographer for the Getty Images News Service, covering South Asia and beyond. A native of Sydney, Australia, he studied history at the University of New South Wales.