Quake legacy exhibition opens at Fukushima Museum with some 100 items on show

12 February 2017

A special exhibition featuring memorabilia from the Great East Japan Earthquake opened at the Fukushima Museum in Aizuwakamatsu city, Fukushima Prefecture, for a two-month run on Feb. 11, just a month before the sixth anniversary of the 2011 disaster. The fair is titled "Shinsai-isan-ten ~ Roppon-no-nenrin (earthquake legacy exhibition ~ six annual growth rings)."

On exhibit at the prefectural museum are some 100 items which are put on display for the first time for the exhibition. They include a portion of a pair of rails on the Joban Line, twisted by massive tsunami stemming from the quake, and part of a large cedar tree from the compounds of Watatsumi Shrine in Iitate village. The tree was cut down in a decontamination operation following the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant caused by the quake and tsunami.

Also shown for the first time are images of damaged facilities at 15 locations, such as a Namie Junior High School gymnasium and Ukedo fishing port, photographed by an omnidirectional camera and shown on a tablet screen. The exhibit is titled “Shinsai-iko (earthquake relics) 360 Degrees.”

The admission-free exhibition will continue until April 11. The museum is closed on Mondays and, when Monday falls on a national holiday, the following day. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For inquiries, call the museum at 0242-28-6000.

(Translated by Kyodo News)