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Great East Japan Earthquake
Japanese Emperor (2nd Left), Empress (2nd Right) Offer Silent Prayers for Quake-Tsunami Victims at 69th National Tree-Planting Festival in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture
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.