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After the Tsunami: A Reading by Matthew Komatsu

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Ocean energy distribution forecast map for the 2011 Sendai earthquake. Image by US NOAA. 2018.
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When disaster strikes, people often relate narratively in terms of the cost of human life and the...

Tsunami Debris. Image courtesy of Matthew Komatsu.
Tsunami Debris. Image courtesy of Matthew Komatsu.

Matthew Komatsu reads his essay After the Tsunami

After the 2011 disaster, which killed his grandmother and laid waste to his ancestral home, Matthew, an American, journeys to Japan to search for what the tsunami left in its wake.

This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason Oberholtzer, with help from Michael Simonelli and Kelly Stout. Hosted by Catherine Cusick.

Scored with original compositions by Pax. A full soundtrack to this episode, with extended tracks, is available on Soundcloud.

Mixed by Michael Simonelli. Recorded in Surreal Studios, Anchorage.

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