Gold / 2012 / Press / Feature Story

Japan Tsunami Aftermath

  • Company
    The Yomiuri Shimbun
  • Photographer
    Hiroto Sekiguchi
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On March 11, 2011 at 14:46, a large earthquake hit the Tohoku region of Japan. It was followed by a devastating tsunami which wiped out many coastal areas resulting in approximately 16,000 deaths. 3,000 are still missing. The tsunami also destroyed the power supply of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant causing explosions at the reactor and releasing radiation, forcing many resident to evacuate from the surrounding area.

Born in 1984, Hiroto Sekiguchi is Japanese Photographer based in Tokyo. He started career as a photographer in 2005 at college. In 2007, he graduated Nihon University College of Art. He has been honored with several awards. In 2011, Gold Prize, Yonhap International Press Photo Award and Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards. In 2012, 2nd Place, Impact 2011 Japan Earthquake Category, and 3rd Place, News Picture Story Newspaper Category, Pictures of the Year International. 2nd Place, Natural Disaster Category and 3rd Place, Natural Disaster Picture Story Category, NPPA The Best of Photojournalism. Gold Prize, Natural Environmental Category and Gold Prize, Feature Story Category, Prix de la Photographie Paris.