02 March 2012 20:11
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami timeline: one year on


Minamisanriku (© KYODO/Reuters)
  • Minamisanriku (© KYODO/Reuters)
  • Fukushima (© REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power Co)
  • Rescue work begins (© KYODO/Reuters)
  • Death toll (© Toru Hanai/Reuters)
  • Mass graves (© YURIKO NAKAO/Reuters)
  • Fukushima worsens (© KIM KYUNG-HOON/Reuters)
  • Meltdown (© REUTERS/Digital Globe)
  • Fukushima evacuees (© YURIKO NAKAO/Reuters)
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Some towns were completely destroyed by the tsunami. Among the worst affected was the town of Minamisanriku - the above picture, taken from a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter the day after the tsunami struck, shows a scene of total devastation. 95% of the town's buildings were washed away, and around 9,500 people (half the town's population) remain missing or confirmed dead.

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