Onagawa, Miyagi

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Onagawa is a town in Miyagi Prefecture. Fishing is an important business in this town. The JR East Ishinomaki Line stops here at Onagawa Station. The town was badly damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami[change | change source]

View of Onagawa one month after the tsunami, 10 April 2011

The tsunami reached a maximum of 15 metres in height and went as much as one kilometer in from the coast.[1] According to some accounts the wave was even higher in places. It destroyed the town center. At least 1,300 people died.[2]

Gallery of photos of tsunami damage and rescue efforts[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

Train stations[change | change source]

Major roads[change | change source]

Energy[change | change source]

There are three nuclear reactors in Onagawa. They can produce up to 2,174 megawatts of electricity. The plants automatically shut down after the March 11 earthquake without any accidents. There is no plan to start the plants again during 2011. [3]

Education[change | change source]

High schools[change | change source]

Junior High Schools[change | change source]

  • Onagawa Public Junior High School Number 1
  • Onagawa Public Junior High School Number 2

Elementary Schools[change | change source]

  • Onagawa Public Elementary School Number 1
  • Onagawa Public Elementary School Number 2
After severe tsunami damage to the town hall, the Emergency Response Office moved to this school.[4]
  • Onagawa Public Elementary School Number 4

References[change | change source]

  1. NOAA Data
  2. Iain Macintosh (19 May 2011). "In aftermath of the tsunami, Onagawa's local team provides aid". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  3. Risa Maeda (17 June 2011). "UPDATE 1-Tohoku sees no restart of Onagawa nuclear plant in 2011". Latest News. Reuters. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  4. Onagawa Town (03 June 2011). "Third notice of support and condolence funds for victims (被災者生活支援金、義援金、弔慰金等の支給に関するお知らせ(第3号))" (PDF). Onagawa Town Website. Retrieved 11 July 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)