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Lost in the flood: Common household items tell stories of personal loss in the Tsunami

This post is similar to Meredith Birkett’s post from a few days ago. It’s a series of pictures made in Japan by Getty Images' Chris McGrath. They show some of the everyday things that were swept up in the tsunami and deposited along the northeast coast of Japan. For me, these pictures are sadder than the big, wide photographs of destruction.

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A trophy and a squid are seen amongst the rubble on March 21, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Japan. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck offshore on March 11 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan, and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant. The death toll continues to rise with numbers of dead and missing exceeding 20,000.

A book is seen floating in water on March 21, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Japan.

An elephant ornament is seen amongst the rubble in Kesennuma, Japan.

A womens purse in Motoyoshi, Japan.

Money and a comic book in Minamisanriku, Japan.

A childs toy is seen amongst the rubble on March 20 in Rikuzentakata, Japan.

A dolls head is seen amongst the rubble on March 21, 2011 in Motoyoshi, Japan.

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