Revisiting Ishinomaki, 10 years later

The World

In May 2011, just weeks after the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, The World’s  Marco Werman visited the port city of Ishinomaki, where more than 3,000 people died after a 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that flattened much of the city. He took listeners along the ruined fishing port, past shipwrecks washed ashore, and by homes turned into rubble and cars smashed like tin cans. We spoke with Aya Saeki, who was 37 years old and living in a house just a block from the ocean when the sea flattened her neighborhood. Even as the rubble was still being cleared, she wanted to return to her home, as did her mother. Ten years later, host Marco Werman once again interviews Aya Saeki and her mother to see how they’ve fared during a decade of rebuilding.