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Major Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan

On March 11, 2011, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan, rattling a 500-mile region and setting off a tsunami. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey describes the massive quake as one of the largest ever recorded.

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