An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Oshika Peninsula in the North East of Japan at about 3pm Japan Standard Time (JST) on March 11 2011. It created tsunami waves of up to 10 metres (33 ft).
Estimates of magnitude make it the largest earthquake to hit Japan and among the top five largest earthquakes in the world since seismological record-keeping began. Several severe aftershocks have followed and continue to do so.
A survivor of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday pushes his bicycle through the remains of the devastated town of Otsuchi.
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