2011 Japanese Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

March 20, 2011 - Swept away by the powerful tsunami, cars were left in disarray in a cemetery behind Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki. City officials of Ishinomaki said the aid to the city was average three days behind that other major cities. One elderly resident said she only had three sips of water a day. Ishinomaki was among the most seriously affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. A tsunami about 10 meters high traveled 600 meters inland and destroyed around 80% of the 700 houses in the coastal whaling port of Ayukawa and district of Hiyorigaoka. Approximately 46% of the city was inundated by the tsunami. As of 9 April 2011 a total of 2,482 deaths had been confirmed in Ishinomaki due to the tsunami, with 2,643 unaccounted for.