2011 Tohoku Tsunami

The aftermath

With a magnitude of 9.0 the Great East Japan earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

An upthrust of 6 to 8 metres along a 180-km-wide seabed at 60 km offshore from the east coast of Tōhoku, resulted in a major tsunami that brought destruction along Japan's northern Pacific coastline.

Powerful tsunami waves reached heights of 40.5 metres and traveled up to 10 km inland.

A 2015 Japanese National Police Agency report confirmed 15,894 deaths, 6,152 injuries, and 2,562 people missing.

The photographs were taken shortly after the disaster, on several trips along the coastline of Tohoku.