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Up from the Sea

Up from the Sea

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2011: A powerful novel-in-verse about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village.

  • ISBN: 978-0553534740
  • Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

What you need to know before your trail

March 11, 2011

On that fateful day, Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about. When he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11, Kai realizes he also has a chance to look for his estranged American father. Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary, Kai learns that the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town

Travel Guide

Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan  – Tsunami 2011

At 2.46pm on Friday, March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan, 231 miles northeast of Tokyo. It was the strongest temblor ever to hit that quake-prone country, It lasted six minutes. After the quake struck, a massive tsunami followed. The Pacific Ocean lifted from the seafloor and slammed into 300 miles of coastline.
The tsunami  – one of the largest ever recorded, with waves reaching up to 133 feet- sept five miles inland, destroying entire villages. The earthquake moved the main island of Japan eight feet east and shifted the Earth on its axis between four and ten inches
Approximately 15, 889 people died
It will take decades for the region to fully recover, but the strength and courage of the Tohoku people remain unshakable.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Up from the Sea

Destination:  Tōhoku, New York City  Author/Guide: Leza Lowitz Departure Time: 2011

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