The Tohoku earthquake of 2011, with a magnitude of 9.0, was the most powerful earthquake to ever hit Japan. The quake caused fierce tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 133 feet in some affected stretches of the small nation. During this time, the world watched with held breath as the nuclear meltdown crisis unfolded in one of the most devastated areas, Fukushima.
More than 15,000 people lost their lives, thousands went missing and hundreds of thousands of people and animals were displaced when it was all over. Help poured in from all over the world to search for the missing and start the immense cleanup.
More than half a year later, as Japan continues to rebuild while trying to return to normalcy in their daily lives, the help continues. This time, it’s for the country’s beloved four-legged friends. In this video by WSPA International, you hear touching stories of survival, heartbreaking tales of loss and from one WSPA worker, the plan to build a temporary shelter for the animals from the hardest hit region.
Photo credit: Gregory Bull