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Great East Japan Earthquake
Yokozuna Kakuryu Performs 'Dohyo-iri' Sumo Ring-Purification Rite in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Wishing for Postdisaster Reconstruction of City, Other Afflicted Areas in Tohoku
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.