I recently learned that Arahama Elementary School in Sendai has been preserved to continue to tell the tragedy of the tsunami of March 11, 2011.

The four-story concrete school building became the evacuation place for 320 people (residents, schoolchildren and school staff). The seawater came up to the second floor of the school, yet they were able to make their way to safety on the rooftop. Everyone on the roof saw the terrifying scene as the tsunami attacked and destroyed their beloved homes and everything else in their town. And they had to stay overnight until they were rescued.

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