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Getting the shot – Toya Chiba

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Earlier this year we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the past few years. A magnitude-9 earthquake off the coast of Japan caused one of the worst tsunamis in recent years. Toya Chiba, a reporter with Iwate Tokai Shimbun, went to cover the story firsthand. Here are some photos of Chiba taken from a nearby rooftop by local government employee Shoichi Sasaki.

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Talk about getting the shot. Chiba still tried to get a photo, which could easily have been his last if not for his quick reflexes and and a dangling rope that saved him. “It was a complete error in judgment.” he was later quoted as saying “I didn’t believe a tsunami of that scale would come.”

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

Toya Chiba being swept away by the tsunami. Photo by Shoichi Sasaki

This series of photos raises the question though. When is getting the shot more important than life itself?

Read more about Chiba’s miraculous story here.