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On March 11, 2011, a tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake that struck 130 km off the coast of Northern Japan and swept across the coast of Northern Honshu, destroying all in its path. A year later, thousands of photographs, slowly deteriorating due to the elements, lie scattered throughout the tsunami affected region of Japan. This image was one found in albums lying by a roadside in Rikuzentakata, a city in Iwate that was devastated by the tsunami. It's strangely beautiful.

Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: Looking Back from Space March 9, 2012 In 2011, the fourth largest earthquake in history rocked the coast of Japan, spawning a devastating tsunami. Satellites and scientists had an unprecedented view of both. This gallery offers a glimpse of the broad scale of the destruction, of the recovery a year later, and of some new scientific understanding that emerged. Read More


Japan remembers, rebuilds one year after tsunami

Families release a paper lantern in memory of the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2012 in Natori, Japan. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

March 10, 2012. Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, some 25 km (15 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Yuriko Nakao—Reuters