June 12, 2011, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., Japan - The Ippon Matsu, or solitary pine tree, stands alone on the coast of Rikuzentakata. it survived the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. ..It is estimated that the Takata Mautsubara, a 1.2 mile (2 km) long grove of pine trees along the Rikuzentakata coast, was home to over 70,000 pine trees that were snapped like toothpicks from the tsunami that wiped out 75% of the homes and buildings in the city. ..As a result, this one pine tree has become a symbol of hope and strength for the Japanese people in the aftermath of the disasters in northeast Japan..
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