Sunday, March 13, 2011

Soma City, Fukushima

Soma City, Fukushima, had a population estimated at 37, 730 on January 1, 2011.  Soma was an important town during the Edo era with a castle of 60,000 stones (by contrast, the walls of Nagoya Castle may contain as many as 200,000 stones)- the structure, unfortunately, was razed during the Meiji Restoration, but nice photos of the historical site as it was before the tsunami are available here .  The tsunami that hit the city on March 11 was over 7 meters, making it one of the most destructive. More than 1,800 homes were lost.

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