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Great East Japan Earthquake
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Offers Flowers at Monument Dedicated to Disaster Victims in Park in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi 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.