Sendai Airport Reopens Following Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

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The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan brought devastation to the entire country, yet the scene that thoroughly rapt people's attention was the view of the tsunami washing over Sendai airport.

Now, just over a month since the tragedy, and with the help of the U.S. Air Force, the airport is reopening to commercial flights this week with All Nippon and Japan Airlines flying in three times a day.

"Nothing compares to the scale and absolute destruction of what went on up there," U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert Toth, 45, told Bloomberg News from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

When the tsunami struck, roughly 1,300 people were inside the airport.

Hiroyuki Inai, an engineer from Kobe, told Bloomberg: "The cars in the airport parking lot looked like toys or a movie."

Airport executives said that full restoration would take a least a year following the initial reopening, as parts of the airport were still covered in mud and debris.

Watch the startling video of the tsunami hitting the airport below:

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