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March 11, 2011

On March 9, 2011, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Tohoku region of Japan. In a country that experiences up to fdsfds earthquakes a day, even this came as relatively humbling experience. Unfortunately, at this time it wasn't known that the earthquake they had just experience was a foreshock for one of the most powerful earthquakes ever record that would hit in Two days’ time. On Friday 11 March 2011, 29km below the water, the fourth most powerful earthquake on record occurred off the east cost of Japan. Across 20 prefectures, almost 16000 people lost their lives with many more injured or missing. More than 65% of casualties were the eldery, those who were unable to run to higher ground or swim to saftey.

This website walks through the different elements of the deadliest natural disaster in Japanese History.

The map shown above indicates the epicenter of the earthquake.

NASA captured this image on 12th of March 2011 with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer from the Aqua Satellite, just one day after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. As indicated by the red arrow, a heavy plume of black smoke flows out to the Pacific Ocean from Sendai city, Japan. While the clouds prevented NASA from knowing the location of the fire, it's believed they originated from a refinery that reportedly caught fire in the chaos. Clouds of blue and green sediment can also be observed flowing out to see.
Father down an additional satellite image can be found of the same region more closely observed.
12 March 2011. A moment in history captured by the evening edition of a Japanese newspaper. The title reads "More than 1200 people dead or missing.

A humbling satellite image of Miyagi prefecture captured by the Advance Land Imager on NASA's earth observing satellite. The image shows the immense flooding of agricultural fields as well as the suburbs of Sendai city just one week after the devastating tsunami that rolled through. For more satellite photography of Miyagi prefecture click here: Miyagai Satellite Images