School building of the damaged elementary school Open to the press before opening to the public after the earthquake The school building of the elementary school in Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture, which was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, is generally used as the remains of the earthquake to convey lessons learned. Before it was released, the inside was opened to the press on the 16th. Nakahama Elementary School in Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture was flooded near the ceiling on the second floor of the school building due to the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and 90 children and local residents did not move to a remote place at the discretion of the principal at that time and evacuated to the rooftop. And everyone was saved.
The school was closed two years later, but it was maintained as an earthquake remains to convey lessons learned, and the inside was opened to the press before it was opened to the public from the 26th of this month.
Inside the school building, except for the passage for the tour, it is preserved almost immediately after the disaster so that you can see the tsunami scars as they are.
On the first floor, which is completely submerged, the ceiling is peeled off over a wide area, and debris such as trees and steel frames are scattered, so you can see the terribleness of the tsunami.
In addition, the attic warehouse where the children spent the night was covered with cardboard and imitation paper on the concrete floor, and it seems that they were gathering together to survive the cold when the temperature was below freezing for a while. I will.
It is the only remaining building in the southern part of Miyagi prefecture that was damaged by the tsunami, and when it is open to the public, you can observe it while receiving explanations from the teachers at that time.
Tomohiro Hachiho, the leader of the Lifelong Learning Division of Yamamoto Town, said, “I hope that the school building that saved the lives of 90 people will lead to evacuation behavior and disaster prevention awareness in preparation for future disasters.”