2011 Tohoku Tsunami

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On Friday March 11th 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the north-east coast of Japan at 2:46pm. It was the most powerful earthquake to ever hit Japan. By far the most destructive event of the day was however huge tsunami that followed. Reaching a height of over 40 metres in places, it crashed ashore along the entire Tohoku coast obliterating towns and cities; travelling up to 10 kilometres inland and inundating a total area of approximately 561 sq km or 217 sq miles.
The prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima were most severely affected. Though the tsunami caused problems as far south as Chiba near Tokyo. National police statistics reported that 45,700 buildings were destroyed and 144,300 were damaged by the events of that day and nearly 20,000 people were killed or reported missing.
In Fukushima prefecture the earthquake and tsunami also triggered meltdowns and explosions at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant that have contaminated large parts of the region and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people who were not unduly affected by the quake itself. The clean-up permanent closure of parts of the region due to radioactivity my well be the most visible legacy of the March 11th quake and tsunami as the towns and villages of the rest of Tohoku slowly repair and rebuild themselves.
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