'Miracle pine tree' cut down
NHK -- Dec 29
A pine tree that survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan and became a symbol of hope for local residents has been cut down.

The 25-meter-tall tree in the city of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture was known as the "miracle pine tree". It was the only pine in the coastal forest to survive the tsunami.

Locals have been carefully trying to preserve the tree located in the district of Kashima.

But authorities decided to cut it down because of damage it suffered after being submerged in seawater after the tsunami. The area will be replanted with trees to create a disaster-prevention greenbelt.

About 100 local residents took part in a ceremony to bid farewell to the tree on Wednesday.

A community representative, Yoshito Kamada, said the memories of the tree will live on forever.

The lone tree was then cut down with a chain saw, 6 years and 9 months after the disaster.

The wood will be used to make nameplates for residents.

News source: NHK
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