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Residents survey the shocking damage below them from the top of a hill in the city of Kesennuma. (March 12, 2011, Miyagi Prefecture) (Photo by Koji Uema) 
Fukushima Anniversary

In pictures: A decade on, Japan cannot forget its 9.0 earthquake

A look back at the destruction that began at 2:46 p.m., March 11, 2011

Nikkei photographers | Japan

TOKYO -- Ten years have passed since a 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and triple meltdown mercilessly slammed Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, leaving northeastern Japan a cleanup job so massive that it continues today, especially around the crippled nuclear plant.

There are towns near the reactors to which former residents are still unable to return. Radioactive material remains piled up, and contaminated water poses a storage problem that the Pacific Ocean might be called on to solve.

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