Meet our Faculty: Victor Baker

Vic Baker and Goro Komatsu in front of a locomotive destroyed by the March 11 tsunami, Minamisanriku (formerly Shizugawa), Japan

At the village of Aneyoshi, Japan, we observed the effects of a tsunami wave that had a runup height of 40 meters (131 feet).

Below this level there was total devastion of all man-made works, including the seawall that had been constructed for protection of the site.

Just above the 40-meter level on a hillside there was a stone marker from 1896 (the year of the last big tsunami to hit this coastline). The Japanese characters on the marker told readers not to build any houses below this level.
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