Posted by William Grimm
Kamaishi is no stranger to tsunami.
A major one in 1896 destroyed the city and washed away a 29-year-old French priest who was visiting parishioners there.
To protect itself from tsunami, the city built the world’s deepest breakwater, completed in March 2009. In March 2011, it showed, just as the Titanic once did, that when humans decide they can match the power of the sea, they are doomed to failure.
Suddenly night crushed out the day and hurled
Her remnants over cloud-peaks, thunder-walled.
Then fell a stillness such as harks appalled
When far-gone dead return upon the world.
— Wilfred Owen, The Unreturning