The Oshika Peninsula (牡鹿半島 Oshika-hantō, also pronounced "Ojika") is a peninsula which projects southeast into the Pacific Ocean from the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeast Honshu, the main island of Japan.
The peninsula is most often visited as the gateway to the sacred island of Kinkasan, which can be accessed by ferries running from the costal whaling port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi and from Onagawa.
2011 earthquake and tsunami
The Oshika Peninsula was the closest part of Honshu to the epicenter of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the closest parts of its eastern coastline approximately 72 kilometers (45 mi) away, with only a few neighboring minor islands a few kilometers closer. A report on March 14 indicated that 1,000 bodies had washed ashore on the peninsula. The March 11 earthquake shifted Oshika Peninsula by 5.3 m (17 ft) towards the epicenter and lowered it by 1.2 m (3.9 ft), according to the Geospatial Information Authority in Tsukuba. These two land mass movements are records for Japan, according to government figures. Many small villages along the coast of the peninsula, administered by Ishinomaki City, were heavily damaged.
- "Magnitude 9.0 – Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan". United States Geological Survey (USGS). Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- Kyodo News (15 March 2011). "2,000 more added to death toll in Miyagi". Japan Times. p. 1.
- Kyodo News (19 March 2011). "Record land mass movements observed in quake-hit Miyagi". Kyodo News. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- Corkill, Edan, "Students' skills help to forge a new Tohoku", Japan Times, 25 September 2011, p. 7.
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