168 imagesOn March 11, 2011, off the eastern coast of Japan, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck sending tsunami waves of up to 30 meters roaring right over the top of Japan's seawalls, leaving devastation, debris and death in its wake. A number of images were taken from a helicopter, giving a greater understanding of the extent of the damage around the Yamada Bay. Four months later, Hanna Project sent out a disaster team to assist with ongoing disaster recovery efforts. This team drove down the still-decimated coastline, finally arriving at the fishing town of Yamada in the Miyagi prefecture. They stayed at the local recovery headquarters, housed at the Yamada Community Center, where they and the other workers from all over Japan were greeted daily with the center's walls covered with posters, origami, photos, and letters of encouragement for all those working on recovery efforts. The team participated in four different kinds of work while in Yamada: debris removal from homes (of which only the concrete foundations remained for most); repair work at a local preschool; salvaging photos recovered in the debris; and distributing food, clothing, shoes and toys at a refugee center in Yamada.
92 imagesThese images were taken the last week of May 2011 during tornado clean-up efforts--MORE than ONE MONTH POST-TORNADO. The storms which caused such devastation to the west central Alabama town of Tuscaloosa--the fifth largest city in that state--ripped through on April 15 and again on the 27th. Home of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa was criss-crossed by several tornadoes, one of which was more than a mile wide. Latest totals are 41 deaths, over 1000 injuries, and massive devastation with numerous homes partially or completely destroyed.