Photos: Japan's earthquake, tsunami - now and then

Photos: Japan's earthquake, tsunami - now and then

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ISHINOMAKI, JAPAN - MARCH 07: In this composite image (top) a man walks past a car wedged into a boat on March 18, 2011 and (bottom) the same location as seen ahead of the one year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 7, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Japan. A 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The number of dead and missing ammounted to over 25,000 people. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 8 at 2:40 PM

FUKUSHIMA, Japan --  This weekend will mark the first anniversary of the devistating earthquake and tsunami that sent three nuclear reactors into meltdown in northern Japan. 

The quake and subsequent tsunami left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing, according to Japan's National Police Agency.  Thousands continue living in temporary housing and Japanese officials face an uphill battle as they dispose of rubble and try to rebuild economies and livelihoods.

A 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan on March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m. local time.  The quake triggered a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed coastal communities in north-eastern Japan.  The tsunami damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades.

View Photos: Japan's Eartquake & Tsunami - Now and Then (March 2012)
View Photos:  Earthquake and Tsunami devistate Japan (March 2011)

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