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Tohoku Relief Work

I’m now in the city of Ichinoseki, neighbor to Kesenuma – a city affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  We got here Monday and we’ll be here until the 10th, working with Crash Japan in relief work.  Thus far we’ve been spreading EM (Effective Microorganism – my biology side says that’s not much of a name but whatever…) which helps kill bad-smelling bacteria and mold.  But who knows what we’ll be doing tomorrow!

Much of Kesenuma has been rebuilt, but there are still entire areas where the rubble remains almost exactly as it has been since the earthquake.  Random boats lie in the middle of grassy fields, wrecked cars are pushed to the side of the road, and buildings tilt crazily on the few supports they have left.  Seeing cars pulverized into scraps of metal and steel girders bent almost in half makes me realize the sheer magnitutde of the force behind the tsunami.  Another problem is that parts of the city sunk up to a meter and so high tide floods parts of the lower city.

But it’s also been amazing to see all the different volunteers who have come out to help with the relief efforts.  I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to serve and help out.

Our internet connection up here isn’t good enough to really post tons of pictures, but look out for various Facebook photo posts over the next 10 days.  I’ll post more of my own pictures and our team’s videos when I get back to Hiroshima.

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