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Local Japanese government seeks to preserve ‘miracle pine’ tree

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:49 EDT
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A single pine tree that was left standing after the March 11th tsunami last year, which swept away an entire forest in the city of Rikuzentakata, is seen on March 10, 2012 in Rikuzentakata, Japan. On the eve of the one year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami the effected areas have been inundated with families, friends and relatives, the limited amount of hotels in the area are full to capacity with the worlds media and people from across Japan are arriving to take part in ceremonies paying tribute to the many people who lost their lives. The 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck offshore on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The number of dead and missing ammounted to over 25,000 people. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
 
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A local government in northern Japan is seeking funds to preserve a so-called “miracle pine” tree that survived last year’s tsunami, officials said Thursday.

The city of Rikuzentakata will open a Facebook page on July 5 to ask for donations for the tree — the sole survivor among some 70,000 pines which were swept away after a tsunami engulfed the region on March 11, 2011.

According to the city, it will cost some 90 million yen ($1.1 million) to provide antiseptic treatment to the tree, which is now dying down due to severe damage from the disaster.

Rikuzentakata, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Tokyo, is still struggling to recover from the tsunami, which killed more than 1,500 citizens in the city alone.

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