Museum on March 2011 Tsunami Opens in Rikuzentakata

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Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--A museum aimed at passing on the lessons of the March 2011 huge tsunami to future generations has opened in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum, launched by the Iwate prefectural government, is a key feature of a park being built with the Japanese government and the Rikuzentakata municipal government to pray for and facilitate the postdisaster reconstruction of the city.

The museum has four permanent exhibit areas, titled "understand history," "know the facts," "learn lessons" and "promote recovery together," under the theme of "protecting lives, and living with the ocean and land," with some 150 items, including a fire engine and a bridge beam damaged by the tsunami, on display.

At the theater of the museum, which opened on Sunday, visitors can watch a video showing the tsunami coming ashore and how people evacuated from the rising wave. Along with the museum, a state-managed memorial facility for people who died in the tsunami was partially opened in the park.

Rikuzentakata and many other coastal areas in Iwate and nearby Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were heavily damaged by the tsunami from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011.

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