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Tsunami

Photographer

Yasuyoshi Chiba

Agence France-Presse

16 April, 2011

On 11 March, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 70 kilometers off the Tohoku coast, in northeastern Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami that swept inland, destroying buildings, crippling infrastructure, and resulting in the displacement of more than 340,000 people.

About

Yasuyoshi Chiba

Yasuyoshi Chiba is a Japanese photographer. After studying photography and holography at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he joined Asahi Shimbun as a staff photographer. He be...

Background story

Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan

Nozomi Sabanai (left) and her sister look at a sightseeing catamaran thrown by the tsunami onto a two-story building. On 11 March, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 70 kilometers off the Tohoku coast, in northeastern Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami that swept inland over an area of some 500 square kilometers, destroying buildings, crippling infrastructure, and resulting in the displacement of more than 340,000 people. The earthquake was the most powerful ever to hit Japan, and one of the most forceful documented in the world. Flooding and damage to transport connections, power stations, and other vital facilities severely hindered recovery operations.

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