On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.3 earthquake occurred off the coast of Honshu, Japan. The tsunami that followed devastated the region of Tokohu over a span of 600 kilometers, claiming 21,000 victims and missing persons, and completely or partially destroying many cities and ports. The natural disaster led to a series of major accidents in the reactors of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The same day, nearly 215,000 people living near the disaster area were evacuated. Later, the region was evacuated by the hundreds of thousands, as anyone living within 30km of the site was forced to leave.
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