Tsunami memorial unveiling at Harley-Davidson Museum


by Laura Matovina

MILWAUKEE -- A Harley motorcycle that made a trip across the ocean will make its new home in Milwaukee.

It washed up on shore after a devastating tsunami hit Japan last year. It'll now hold a special purpose in the Midwest.

Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. It triggered a deadly 23-foot tsunami in the northern portion of the country.

Strong waves tossed cars like toys, washed away homes and when the water finally calmed, nearly 16,000 people were dead, more than 6,000 injured and another 3,000 people were never found.

A 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail Night Train washed up on beach in British Columbia in May. A man named Peter Mark found the rusty bike in a storage container.

Harley-Davidson Museum curator Kristen Jones said the bike belongs to a man named Ikuo Yokoyama.

When he found out his Harley survived the devastating tsunami, he decided he wanted the remains to go on display as a reminder of what so many of his friends, family and neighbors went through in 2011.

The memorial will be unveiled at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on Wednesday.


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