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Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster: Revealing Before and After Photos 3 Years Later

By Jess Baker
Published: March 11, 2014

Tuesday marks the three-year anniversary of the powerful 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan that triggered a damaging tsunami along 250 miles of Japan's coast. On March 11, 2011, the world watched in horror as video and photos showed a wall of water roaring inland as far as six miles, carrying away cars and people and leveling towns.

Three years later, the recovery remains slow and painful. About 270,000 victims are still displaced, according to the Seattle Times. Children living in the vicinity of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still not supposed to be outside more than 15 to 30 minutes each day because of radiation fears, NBC News reports. People are still searching from their loved ones, including a man who learned to scuba dive so he could look for his wife's body.

The photos above were taken in the Miyagi Prefecture in the days immediately following the disaster, as well as photos taken just a few days ago. 

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