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Great East Japan Earthquake
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (Far Left) Shakes Hands with Junior, Senior High School Students from Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi Prefectures at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
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.