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Japan one year later

posted Mar 13, 2012, 12:25 PM by Jaclyn Swords
A year ago this week, a tsunami wave crashed over a seawall in the city of Miyako, Japan, shortly after a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the region.

Sunday, March 11, 2012 marked the first anniversary of the devastating quake, which triggered a monster tsunami that left many of Japan's coastal towns in ruins and sparked a nuclear disaster at the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The twin disasters claimed more than 19,000 lives, and thousands of victims are still unaccounted for.

See National Geographic News's complete Japan earthquake and tsunami coverage.