Miki Endo

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The remnants of the Crisis Management Department Building where Miki Endo was swept away by the tsunami.

Miki Endo (遠藤 未希, Endō Miki, 1986, Japan – 2011, Minamisanriku, Japan) was the voice warning and alarm agent of the town of Minamisanriku during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. She was employed by the town's Crisis Management Department to broadcast disaster advisories and warnings, and was hailed in the Japanese news media as a heroine for sacrificing her life by continuing to broadcast warnings and alerts over the community loudspeaker system as the tsunami overwhelmed the town. She was credited with saving many lives.

The three-story headquarters of the department remained standing but was completely gutted, with only a red-colored steel skeleton remaining.[1] Photos show the roof of the building completely submerged at the height of the inundation, with some people clinging to the rooftop antenna.[2][3]


  1. ^ Jiji Press, "Saitama to teach about Miyagi's tsunami 'angel'", Japan Times, 30 January 2012, p. 2.
  2. ^ "Miki Endo, missing heroine of Minamisanriku" (video). NHK World. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ [画像]宮城県南三陸町の防災対策庁舎の人を押し流す津波+南三陸町津波動画 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-04-23.