Friday, March 12, 2010

Japanese fishing town recalls horror of tsunami 50 years ago

When Chile's massive earthquake sent a tsunami racing towards Japan at the weekend, 79-year-old grandmother Matsuko Shiba knew to head for high ground, and for good reason.Half a century ago a killer wave from the South American country destroyed the picturesque fishing town of Minami Sanriku, taking 41 lives there and, she recounted sadly, probably killing the baby she was carrying inside her."Just the other day I was thinking, 'Oh, it's been 50 years since then'," Shiba said as she sat huddled with her grandchildren and elderly friends in an evacuation centre in the town, which was rebuilt after the tsunami."It may have been a premonition," she added....

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