Watching the video below, I am filled with amazement that they were. This video comes from Ulara Nakagawa, associate editor of the The Diplomat and was shot in Sendai, Japan on March 15, 2011. She was traveling with an animal rescue team that is part of the coalition Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. They'd been listening for word on animals who had survived the destruction and received a tip about two dogs.
This was one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami that struck Japan last Friday, following the massive 9.0 earthquake off the northeastern coast of the country. It has been estimated that the wave was 33 feet high.
Note: you will not see dogs in the video. However, as you view the devastation it is hard to comprehend that any living creature survived.
Sendai, Japan March 15, 2011 from The Diplomat on Vimeo.