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Japan earthquake and tsunami 2011

Updated: Tue, 26 Nov 2013

Introduction

The 9-magnitude quake which struck Japan on Mar. 11, 2011, was the largest tremor to hit the country since records began 140 years ago. It generated a 10-metre-high tsunami that swept away everything in its path, triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami alert and raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe from damaged power plants.

Thousands died and hundreds of thousands were left without power and water.

Read our full briefing.

The 9-magnitude quake which struck Japan on Mar. 11, 2011, was the largest tremor to hit the country since records began 140 years ago. It generated a 10-metre-high tsunami that swept away everything in its path, triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami alert and raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe from damaged power plants.

Thousands died and hundreds of thousands were left without power and water.

Read our full briefing.