PHOTO: in the wake: JapanTsunami_Dambj_20120307_2978

Pine trees lay strewn across the beach of Rikuzentakata, Japan nearly one year after a tsunami struck and destroyed the area. The 2 km stretch of coastline once held some 70,000 pine trees, but the beach and city were almost entirely destroyed when a wave more than 40 feet high struck the city.

Pine trees lay strewn across the beach of Rikuzentakata, Japan nearly one year after a tsunami struck and destroyed the area. The 2 km stretch of coastline once held some 70,000 pine trees, but the beach and city were almost entirely destroyed when a wave more than 40 feet high struck the city.