Cook Park Library, in collaboration with the Japan America Society of Chicago, will display 30 photographs from the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan in March, 2011.
The exclusive exhibition supplied by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan runs Saturday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 30, at the library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville,
On March 11, 2011, around 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard Time, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 struck the Sanriku Coast of Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that swept across many cities and villages along the Pacific coast of the northern Tohoku region, claiming thousands of lives.
The havoc wreaked by the Great East Japan Earthquake left many hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced and marred the landscape of a region usually known for its beauty and grace. Yet, as the tides ebbed, despite the face of great tragedy, the Japanese people got to work.
With assistance from around the world, the citizens of Tohoku began the work of rebuilding their lives and their towns.
The exhibit of photographs document the recovery effort and highlight the bonds of human compassion and friendship that brought communities back together.
This free exhibition is open to the public for viewing during normal library hours. Call (847) 362-2330.