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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Satako Yusawa
On Saturday, a day after a massive tsunami tore through Sendai, residents surveyed the devastation that has laid waste to whole sections of the northern port of 1 million people, 80 miles from the epicenter of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that set off one of the greatest disasters in Japan's history.
Miles from the ocean's edge, weary, mud-spattered survivors wandered streets strewn with fallen trees, crumpled cars, even small airplanes. Relics of lives now destroyed were everywhere — half a piano, a textbook, a soiled red sleeping bag.
Satako Yusawa, 69, said she has felt many earthquakes, but never anything like what hit Friday afternoon.
"I was having tea at a friend's house when the quake hit. We were desperately trying to hold the furniture up, but the shaking was so fierce that we just panicked," she said.