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Wreckage after the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011

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Damage as seen in Natori, Japan, in May 2011. The March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the east coast of Japan caused an epic tsunami. USGS scientist standing near the wrecked boat, and a car on the road, provide scale. Damage to the building indicates a 10-meter flow depth. For more information about USGS studies on the tsunami, see "Notes From the Field: International Tsunami Survey Team visits Japan in May 2011, following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami."


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