Japan March 11: One Year After

Onagawa, Japan – Yoshikatsu Hiratsuka, 66, and his grandson pray where Yoshikatsu’s wife and mother rest in peace at a temporary mass grave for the March 11 earthquake and tsunami victims. Yoshikatsu was visiting a friend at the time the earthquake hit and he quickly rushed back home to later see his wife and mother in front of the house thinking how to escape. Before the two could react to a plan to escape, the 10-meter tsunami swept them away, leaving Yoshikatsu to live. His son is still missing and continues to search for him everyday. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Rikuzentakata, Japan – A tree that survived the March 11 tsunami is surrounded by debris and rubblein Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, some 410km northeast of Tokyo, September 8, 2011. The death toll reaches over 15,000 with more than 4,500 people still missing according to the National Police Agency. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Saitama City, Japan – Evacuees from Futaba township, located some 3.5km north from the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, are reunited with their relatives upon arriving at Saitama Super Arena, their new shelter in Saitama City, March 19,2011. More than 1,000 residents of Futaba evacuated their town as high levels of radiation continued to leak from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi/AFLO)

Kamaishi, Japan – The bow of Asia Symphony, a Panamanian ocean going vessel looms on the wharf in the port of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, September 9, 2011. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Otsuchi-cho, Japan – An area which has been wiped out by the earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture, September 9, 2011. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)