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Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake

東北地方太平洋沖地震

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.

Tohoku Earthquake


Japan is still dealing with the after effects of the double disaster. There were over 15,000 deaths as people were swept away in the giant tsunami that followed the earthquake and whole communities razed to the ground.

The nuclear crisis in Fukushima is still ongoing with alarm about the presence of nuclear fallout of such materials as Cesium 134 and 137. Many young people and families have left the areas affected by fallout, probably never to return.

Tohoku Earthquake

The earthquake happened at 2.46pm on a Friday and was to be Japan's largest crisis since World War II.

Look back at the events using this earthquake map and the panic buying that hit Tokyo as people feared the worst.

See a video of the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude Tohoku earthquake as people mill around outside their offices in Tokyo.


The earthquake was the largest experienced in Japan since records began and the most costly natural disaster in history. Donations towards relief efforts have so far topped 520 billion yen.


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