Japan 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami

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On March 11th, 2011, I was in Otsuchi Japan monitoring the largest dolphin hunt in the world as a volunteer for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.  While watching a dolphin hunting boat unloading at the harbor, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook northern Japan.  The earthquake was the most powerful in Japan’s history since record keeping began.  Moments later, a tsunami struck with devastation to Japan’s northern coast.  We just barely escaped to higher ground as the tsunami was happening. The town of Otsuchi was the hardest hit town.  Otsuchi had more than 18,000 residents, more than half were lost.  We spent the night on a mountain overlooking Otsuchi harbor and hiked several miles over burning debris the following day to make it back to safety.