The Minato River in Miyagi Prefecture Reconstruction and Restoration – An Overview

  • Vicente Santiago-FandiñoEmail author
  • Naoko Kimura
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 14)


On March 11, 2011 (Heisei 23) a large earthquake and tsunami hit the coastline along Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, with catastrophic consequences by heavily impacting beaches, lagoons, wetlands, rivers and estuaries. The lower watershed of the Minato River (Minatogawa) and its mildly urbanized estuary, as well as the surrounding area, suffered heavy damage due to ground subsidence, sediment deposition, wave erosion, abrasion and flooding. Local authorities developed plans for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the river and its estuary. Work started in earnest by 2013, which included the construction of a L1 type levee. The impacts of the engineering-related works and structures to be built are expected to be large, particularly for the levee, likely putting in doubt their environmental sustainability.


Minato River Minatogawa Restoration reconstruction Miyagi 



The present study was made possible due to the kind support of Mr. M. Nakayama, President and CEO of Nakayama Industries in Shiga Prefecture and Mr. K. Sakakibara from Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. We also wish to thank the reviewer for valuable comments and suggestions. Last, but not least to R.D. Robarts for proofreading the text.

Photos taken by V. Santiago-Fandino and N. Kimura unless otherwise indicated. Inundation map (Fig. 12.6) developed by N. Kimura.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VillaviciosaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Sustainable Rural Development, Graduate School of Global Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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