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The Great East Japan Earthquake hit the coast of Tohoku the afternoon of March 11, 2011. The undersea earthquake was the most powerful to ever hit Japan, measuring 9.0 and lasting 6 minutes. It was so powerful, it shifted the Earth on its axis between four and eight inches and moved the Japanese island of Honshu 8 feet east. The quake triggered tsunami waves that measured up to 133 feet in height and traveled six miles inland in one area. More than 15,880 confirmed deaths were reported and caused nuclear accidents including meltdowns at three different reactors and numerous explosions at the nuclear plant in Fukushima.



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