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2011 Tohoku Tsunami (99 images)

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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.
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