Guest post by Flora Watters.
On the afternoon of 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake beneath the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan created a tsunami that took over 15,800 lives and left more than 3,000 people missing or unaccounted for.
For Tamayo Furakawa, it was the end of life as she knew it. A lifelong resident of Hirono, a town in Fukushima, her home was destroyed by the tsunami. She says: “I saw the tsunami from the evacuation centre and I knew my house would not survive.”