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Japan After the Wave

Photographer

Daniel Berehulak

Getty Images

08 March, 2012

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.

About the photographer

Daniel Berehulak

A native of Sydney, Australia, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, he has visited more than 60 countries covering history-shaping events, including the Iraq and Afgh...

Background story

Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan

Eiji Yamahira (48), a welder, eats lunch in his temporary accommodation during a break at the Kidoura shipyard. Workers are constructing the first two fishing vessels to be built since the tsunami destroyed the shipyard.

 

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. The local fishing industry was particularly badly affected. Numerous fishing towns had their equipment, factories, boats, and livelihoods washed away. As a result, many fishermen have turned to alternative industries, including cleaning the mountains of rubble.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/200 sec
Focal length
35 mm
F-Stop
1.8
ISO
200
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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