The Last Surviving Tree from the 2011 Tsunami Made into a Tree Monument

 - Mar 12, 2013
References: thisiscolossal & gizmodo
The last surviving tree from the massive 2011 tsunami that ravaged the coast of Japan is being turned into an inspirational tree monument. When the tsunami hit the Japanese town of Rikuzentakata, it wasn't just people and buildings that were ravaged. The area was once home to a lush forest containing around 70,000 trees.

After the tsunami swept through the area, all the trees in the forest were wiped out -- except one. The surviving tree stood 88 feet tall. Unfortunately, thanks to the newly barren environment that contained lethal compounds for trees, the tree died. The tree was then cut down to create a new monument to Japan's survival after the tsunami devastation. The actual trunk and branches were used to create the massive tree monument that will stand exactly as the tree did after the disaster.