Crews work to repair the ramps and aprons at the heavily damaged airport (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)

When the Water Subsided: Sendai Airport’s Recovery Six Years Later

It was the event seen around the world as CCTV cameras captured a wall of water engulfing Sendai International Airport in one of the worst earthquake and tsunami disasters to date on March 11, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The water was just the start of the destruction of Sendai as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami aftermath would go on to claim over 15,000 lives and cause over $122 billion in damage. But both the airport and the city’s rebuild and restart…