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.