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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

Wreckage and Recovery in Ishinomaki, Japan
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Wreckage and Recovery in Ishinomaki, Japan

Acquired in mid-March 2011, and late February 2012, these images document the recession of flood waters from Ishinomaki, Japan.

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The Seafloor Focuses and Merges Tsunami Waves
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The Seafloor Focuses and Merges Tsunami Waves

Even at great distances from their source, tsunami waves can grow by being focused and steered by underwater ridges.

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Effects of the Tohoku Tsunami on the Kitakami River
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Effects of the Tohoku Tsunami on the Kitakami River

One year after the tsunami, the landscape near the mouth of the Kitakami river remains irrevocably altered.

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Closeup of Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata
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Closeup of Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata

Acquired just three days after the Tohoku earthquake, this natural-color image shows the remains of a town that was nearly erased by the 2011 tsunami.

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Antarctic Icebergs Chipped off by Japan Tsunami
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Antarctic Icebergs Chipped off by Japan Tsunami

Scientists observed the calving of several large icebergs from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica as a result of the March 2011 tsunami half a world away in Japan.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

This map shows the location of a large aftershock off the coast of Japan on April 7, 2011.

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Tsunami Floods Linger near Sendai, Japan
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Tsunami Floods Linger near Sendai, Japan

Taken on April 1, 2011, this image shows that floods linger in Japan’s tsunami-hit areas a full three weeks after the disaster occurred.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

Acquired March 18, 2011, this natural-color image shows agricultural fields near Sendai, Japan, covered with either snow or flood water.

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Electricity Losses in Northeastern Japan
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Electricity Losses in Northeastern Japan

This color-coded composite image shows lights working or not after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The image compares observations from March 12, 2011, to data collected in 2010.

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Tohoku Earthquake Shaking Intensity
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Tohoku Earthquake Shaking Intensity

This map shows the ground motion and shaking intensity from the March 11, 2011, earthquake at dozens of locations across Japan.

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Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata
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Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata

Acquired March 14, 2011, and March 1, 2007, these false-color images show the city of Rikuzentakata before and after a tsunami reshaped the local coastline.

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Flooding along the Kitakami River, Japan
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Flooding along the Kitakami River, Japan

Acquired March 15, 2011, and January 16, 2011, these false-color images show part of the Kitaami River before and after the 8,9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in early March 2011.

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Flooded Coast near Sendai
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Flooded Coast near Sendai

Taken March 14, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows the Japanese coast north, of the city of Sendai, in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Tsunami Damage Viewed for the Space Station
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Tsunami Damage Viewed for the Space Station

Taken March 13, 2011, this astronaut photograph shows the Japanese coast north of the city of Sendai, in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Tsunami Damage near Ishinomaki, Japan
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Tsunami Damage near Ishinomaki, Japan

This false-color image acquired on March 14, 2011, shows widespread flooding in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki, Japan.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

Taken on March 12, 2011, this stereoscopic image reveals the height of a plume of smoke rising from the Port of Sendai in the wake of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

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Tsunami flooding near Sendai, Japan
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Tsunami flooding near Sendai, Japan

Skies over northeastern Japan were entirely cloud-free on March 13, 2011, providing a clear view of tsunami flooding along the coastline.

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Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

The Japanese coastline near Sendai is flooded in this false-color image, taken March 12, 2011, nearly a day after a earthquake-generated tsunami inundated the coast.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

A heavy black plume of smoke streams southeast from Sendai, Japan, in this photo-like image from March 12, 2011. The smoke likely originated from a fire burning in an oil refinery in the wake of the massive earthquake that struck the city on March 11.

Earthquakes

Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan
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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai. If the initial estimate is confirmed, it will be the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history.

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