Gallery: Gargantuan Floodgate that Blocked Japanese Tsunami Elicits Wav...


Japanese villagers are overwhelmed with gratitude for the former mayor who conceived of this gargantuan floodgate. Plagued by visions of the 1933 tsunami that killed hundreds of villagers, Kotaku Wamura insisted on the $30 million project completed in the 1970s. The residents of Fudai were completely opposed. It was ugly. It was huge. And it was expensive. But a few decades later, that very floodgate spared the lives of all but one of Fudai’s residents when the tsunami struck in March of 2011.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman May 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Brave foresight. There is a lesson to be learned here.

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