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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan, triggering a tsunami that wiped out entire towns, leaving behind a trail of destruction. One year later, Japan is still recovering from the natural disaster that killed almost 20,000 people, led to a meltdown at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima and cost more than $300 billion in damage.
But much has changed in 12 months. Ships have been removed, homes rebuilt, and roads repaved.
AFTER (Feb. 23, 2012): The same ship sits in the same spot, though much of the wreckage has been cleared
BEFORE (March 15, 2011): Cars pass through the city of Minamisanriku, Japan, four days after the tsunami
BEFORE (March 13, 2011): A shopping centre parking lot is filled with cars and rubble of destroyed homes
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