U.S. Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit pick up debris April 2, 2011, during a disaster relief mission at Uranohama Port, Oshima Island, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi. BRENNAN O'LOWNEY/U.S. MARINE CO
U.S. Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit pick up debris April 2, 2011, during a disaster relief mission at Uranohama Port, Oshima Island, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi. BRENNAN O'LOWNEY/U.S. MARINE CO

Sirens at Misawa mark eight years since devastating quake and tsunami in Japan

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

Sirens rang out Monday at Misawa Air Base, home of the Air Force’s 35th Fighter Wing in northeast Japan, marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that killed more than 15,000 and spurred a relief operation involving 20,000 U.S. servicemembers.

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0-magnitude earthquake set off a destructive tsunami that hit the Tohoku coast, traveling 6 miles inland in places, causing widespread destruction and the release of radioactive plumes from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Operation Tomodachi — the U.S. effort to help Japan deal with the aftermath of the disaster — involved sending servicemembers into coastal communities to help locals deal with the destruction.

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