Japanese

Viewer Advisory

Tsunami surging to urban district of Ofunato city (Footage provided by viewer)

Date : March 11, 2011 Locate : Iwate Ofunato City
Footage: Capture of tsunami attacking Ofunato city, Iwate prefecture. Kenji Saito of Saito Seika Inc. video recorded the footage from near Ofunato nursery school of Ofunato town. A warning announcement noisily echoes throughout, while at a distance, the tide level of Ofunato harbor along the coast gradually becomes higher. Having silently climbed over the quay wall, the waves increase intensity and before long, push and wash away the cars parked near the quay. As the recorder of the video shouts “It's crossed the bank!”, fishing boats and large crane ships apparently wash away, and the screams let out by those watching the scene suddenly grow louder. Once the water flowed onto the main street (prefectural road #230) out front, it turned into a rapid current in a flash, raging to the shops along the road and eventually washing away vending machines and houses. Facing the tragic scene before his own very eyes, Mr. Saito can't help but to weep and screams, “Stop!” repeatedly in anguish. The waves seemingly ignore the cries and tears of those people in agony, relentlessly attacking buildings and houses, washing them away one by one or destroying them. Near and far, clouds of dust soar. “Settle down!”, a scream-like prayer remains unanswered. The townscape that was in front of their eyes moments ago is now almost entirely covered with water.

Even still increasing in height, the torrent rushes throughout the entire town. One can confirm the wooden houses crashing into the buildings, being destroyed to pieces. Facing what could be referred to as a drawing of hell in before their eyes, the people voice their feelings of disbelief. One mentions that “the tsunami is higher than that from the Chile earthquake.” The flow of the waves that covered the entire town has now come to a halt and is transforming into a backwash. It slowly picks up speed, taking away great amounts of debris and wreckage to the open sea.

Saito Seika Inc. is a confectionary manufacturer known nationwide for its popular confection, “Kamome no Tamago (Egg of Seagull).” Kenji Saito is the managing director for the company, who video recorded this footage where one can clearly witness Sato Seika shops and factories being attacked by waves. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Saito, who donated this video for the benefit of the public.

3/11 Flashback in Videos(Total 69)

Date March 12, 2011 Location Miyagi Coastal area of Miyagi
New PlayTime 35:24
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Rescue operations
  • Aerial shot
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Nodamura village
PlayTime 09:53
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
 
Date March 14, 2011 Location Iwate Nodamura village
PlayTime 06:35
    Keywords :
  • Fourth day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Rescue operations
 
Date March 13, 2011 Location Iwate Tanohata village, Iwate
PlayTime 06:49
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Morioka city
PlayTime 02:04
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Miyako city
PlayTime 03:47
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Miyako city
PlayTime 15:49
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 12, 2011 Location Iwate Miyako city
PlayTime 05:04
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 13, 2011 Location Iwate Miyako city
PlayTime 18:31
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Tsunami
 
Date March 13, 2011 Location Iwate Yamada town, Iwate
PlayTime 04:21
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 13, 2011 Location Iwate Otsuchi town
PlayTime 07:23
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Kamaishi city
PlayTime 05:55
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Kamaishi city
PlayTime 10:42
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Kamaishi city
PlayTime 13:33
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Ofunato City
PlayTime 03:52
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Ofunato City
PlayTime 15:26
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 11, 2011 Location Iwate Ofunato city
PlayTime 21:40
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 12, 2011 Location Iwate Ofunato city
New PlayTime 12:06
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Rescue operations
Date March 12, 2011 Location Iwate Rikuzentakata city
PlayTime 11:30
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Rescue operations
 
Date March 25, 2011 Location Iwate Rikuzentakata city
PlayTime 04:58
    Keywords :
  • Lone pine tree
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Kesennuma City
PlayTime 41:41
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Kesennuma city
PlayTime 21:25
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 12, 2011 Location Miyagi Kesennuma city
PlayTime 06:16
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Rescue operations
  • Fire
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Kesennuma City
PlayTime 07:07
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Minamisanriku town
PlayTime 22:14
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
 
Date March 13, 2011 Location Miyagi Minamisanriku town
PlayTime 09:39
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
 
Date March 13, 2011 Location Miyagi Onagawa town
PlayTime 09:50
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Ishinomaki city
PlayTime 06:02
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
  • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Ishinomaki city
PlayTime 25:13
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Fire
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Ishinomaki city
PlayTime 04:02
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 12, 2011 Location Miyagi Ishinomaki city
PlayTime 06:28
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 12, 2011 Location Miyagi Higashi matsushima city
PlayTime 22:40
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Aerial shot
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Tagajo city
PlayTime 05:54
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Aoba-ku, Sendai city
PlayTime 03:56
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Miyagino-ku, Sendai city
PlayTime 02:36
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Sendai city
PlayTime 10:42
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
  • Fire
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Coastal area of Miyagi
PlayTime 08:25
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Fire
  • Aerial shot
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Natori city
PlayTime 05:18
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Japan Coast Guard
  • Aerial shot
Date March 12, 2011 Location Miyagi Natori city
PlayTime 13:15
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Aerial shot
  • Rescue operations
Date March 11, 2011 Location Miyagi Murata town
PlayTime 14:09
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Shinchi town
PlayTime 04:30
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 12, 2011 Location Fukushima Shinchi town
PlayTime 08:23
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Soma city
PlayTime 12:00
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Soma city
New PlayTime 10:17
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by Japan Coast Guard
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Fukushima city
PlayTime 02:51
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Fukushima city
PlayTime 09:01
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
  • Fire
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Fukushima city
PlayTime 07:53
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
  • Collapse Accident
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Fukushima city
PlayTime 08:06
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
  • Disaster situation
 
Date March 12, 2011 Location Coastal area of Fukushima
PlayTime 09:50
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Aerial shot
 
Date March 12, 2011 Location Coastal area of Fukushima
PlayTime 12:29
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Rescue operations
  • Aerial shot
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Minamisoma city
PlayTime 02:45
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Minamisoma city
PlayTime 07:36
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
Date March 12, 2011 Location Fukushima Minamisoma city
PlayTime 15:34
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Futaba district
PlayTime 05:09
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 11, 2011 Location Fukushima Iwaki city
PlayTime 31:54
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
Date March 13, 2011 Location Fukushima Iwaki city
PlayTime 14:34
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
 
Date March 12, 2011 Location Ibaraki Hitachi city
New PlayTime 08:32
    Keywords :
  • Day following the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Ibaraki Mito City
PlayTime 08:22
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Ibaraki Oarai town
PlayTime 16:38
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Aerial shot
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Chiba Asahi city
PlayTime 04:36
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Footage provided by viewer
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Chiba Urayasu city
PlayTime 06:38
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Footage provided by viewer
  • Ground liquefaction
 
Date March 13, 2011 Location Chiba Urayasu city
PlayTime 09:01
    Keywords :
  • Third day after earthquake
  • Disaster situation
  • Ground liquefaction
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Chiba Ichihara city
PlayTime 10:58
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Aerial shot
  • Fire
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Tokyo Chiyoda city
PlayTime 03:02
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Tokyo Chiyoda city
PlayTime 04:14
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Tokyo Koto city
PlayTime 02:33
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Japan Coast Guard
  • Fire
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Tokyo Shinjuku city
PlayTime 05:37
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Aerial shot
  • Stranded commuters
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Tokyo Minato city
PlayTime 06:25
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • Aerial shot
  • Stranded commuters
 
Date March 11, 2011 Location Kanagawa Nishi-ku, Yokohama city
PlayTime 07:11
    Keywords :
  • Day of the earthquake
  • At the time of earthquake occurrence

TOP