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“A Small Japanese Town, Swallowed By The Sea” via NPR

Two weeks ago, Deputy Managing Editor Stu Seidel flew to Tokyo to oversee NPR’s coverage of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan. This past weekend, he visited northern Japan to see for himself the devastation that lined hundreds of miles of the country’s Pacific coast.

Along the water’s edge in Rikuzentakata, on the coastline of northeastern Japan, green hills rise up to circle a placid bay. In the distance, where the bay opens to the Pacific Ocean, a warship stands sentry, as if to guard the town from any harm. The midmorning sun rises on Japan, just more than two weeks after an earthquake 45 miles offshore triggered a tsunami that swept this town, and so many like it, from existence.

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