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Great East Japan Earthquake
Residents on Oshima Island off Kesenuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Happily Walk on Kesennuma Oshima Bridge at Opening Event
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.