Houses inundated and collapsed by the tsunami in Nobiru, Higashimatsushima
On March 11, 2011, the town was hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami resulting in at least 1,039 deaths. During the tsunami, a 45 metre ship, the Chōkai Maru, was hurled over a pier and left aground in the town. At the time of the disaster, Higashimatsushima had still not fully recovered from a previous major earthquake in 2003. About 63% of the town was inundated by the tsunami.