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Great East Japan Earthquake
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (2nd Left) Meets in Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, with Children Given by Her 'Randoseru' School Backpacks Right after Disaster, Sees Photo Taken at That Time
A catastrophic 9.0-maginitude earthquake struck northern and eastern Japan on March 11 2011, unleashing tsunami waves that caused widespread damage in many coastal parts of the country. The quake is the most powerful temblor ever to hit Japan.