Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
On March 11th 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the ocean floor approximately 43 miles east of the coast of Tohoku, Japan. The earthquake was one of the most powerful ever recorded in the world and was the most powerful to ever hit Japan. A powerful tsunami resulted with waves as high as 133 feet (as measured offshore). The tsumani stuck the Japanese coast within 30 minutes, overflowing sea walls, creating massive flooding, and destroying entire towns as it moved up to 6 miles inland. Confirmed casualties include 15,854 deaths, 26,992 injuries, and 3,155 missing.