The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, is definitely one for the history books, but unfortunately not for a good reason.

Historical trivia: Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of the events recorded in history in 2010
Historical trivia: Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of the events recorded in history in 2010

It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights of up to 133 feet (40.5 meters).

Residents of Sendai had only eight to ten minutes of warning, and it’s estimated that more than 19,000 people lost their lives during the most catastrophic natural disaster of the 21st century so far.

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