Minami Sanriku was once a popular seaside resort, that is until a ten metre high wave pulverised it, leaving more than half its 17,000 residents missing.
One man who escaped with his family came to see what’s left of his home – there is nothing left.
Initially Japan’s nuclear problems weren’t clear; one woman in a nearby village said she’d been told to wear a mask and a hat and not to go out too much because of the radiation.
Subsequent reactor explosions have forced rescuers indoors. Since Friday’s massive tremor there have been numerous aftershocks triggering yet more tsunami alerts.
Nerves are shredded; finding food, water and shelter is difficult, not to mention the heartbreak of searching for loved ones on lists of the missing.