Sunday Marks One Year After Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

, Posted: Fri, March 9 2012 at 8:17 AM, Updated: Fri, March 9 2012 at 8:43 AM

It was nearly a year ago that Japan was struck by a nine-point-zero magnitude earthquake--the biggest in Japan's history and one of the strongest ever recorded.

This Sunday will mark one year after the quake- tremors lasted for six minutes--followed by thousands of aftershocks.

Out to sea, a powerful tsunami hit much of Japan's northeast coast line. The tsunami also triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear plant-- producing the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

A smaller tsunami reached the U.S.'s west coast around 7 am the next morning.

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