Hundreds if not thousands of people are dead in Japan. One of the world's most technologically advanced and earthquake-prone nations is paralyzed by a 8.9-magnitude "megathrust." It was the fifth-strongest quake in the world since 1900 and the most powerful on record ever to hit Japan, but not the deadliest.
And it could have been worse.
Image: Debris of damaged houses and others float in the waters off Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (State) on March 12, 2011, one day after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast.
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