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Monday, March 11, 2013
Two years ago today we were transfixed by television images showing the effects of a magnitude 9 earthquake off the coast of Japan. The quake, lasting 6 minutes, set off a tsunami in northeastern Japan which traveled west over 10 km inland in some areas, and east across the entire Pacific, killing 1 American in northern California.
15,000 Japanese died and a million buildings were destroyed, along with roads, bridges and utility infrastructure, in what is likely the worst natural disaster to date in world history.
Two years later the Vancouver Sun regularly reports on tsunami debris washing up on the coast of British Columbia