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  •  A ship is washed onto the city center of Kesennuma after tsunami in Japan

    Giant Fault Slip Caused Japan Tsunami

    The largest fault slip ever seen—which touched off the Japanese tsunami—came courtesy of slippery clay that "greased the wheels," say experts.


  • The Hamaoka nuclear power station.

    Japan's Energy Shortage

    By summer, no nuclear plants will be operating in Japan, where mistrust reverberates one year after the world’s second-worst nuclear accident, at Fukushima Daiichi.

  • Tsunami picture: wave-tossed boat, for Japan earthquake and tsunami anniversary gallery

    Photos: Japan Tsunami, Then and Now

    A year ago Sunday, the March 11 Japan tsunami flooded highways, tossed boats and cars, and leveled cities. See what the region looks like now.

  • Japan tsunami picture: aftermath in March 2011

    Where Will Next Tsunami Hit?

    One year after the great Japan earthquake and tsunami, at least six other places worldwide are vulnerable to giant killer waves.

  • Devastation in Fukushima after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, as seen in April 2011

    Fukushima's Legacy, One Year Later

    A look at things a year after one of the world's worst nuclear accidents.

  • A map from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows projected radiation plumes in the event of a nuclear accident at US power plants.

    Mapping Nuclear Fallout After Fukushima

    One year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the nuclear industry is still grappling with how to handle the risks that come with extreme natural disasters.

  • Swimmers at the South Atlantic Gyre garbage patch.

    Tsunami-Debris Cruise Announced

    Tourists are paying thousands to sail through a floating field of debris from the Japanese tsunami that could be the size of California.

  • Nuclear experts dressed in protective gear outside Fukushima Daiichi

    Photos: Cleanup at Fukushima

    Radioactive decay, contaminated water, soil, and hot spots pose challenges for Japan after the nuclear accident at Fukushima.

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    Rare Video: Japan Tsunami

    The March 11 earthquake and tsunami left more than 28,000 dead or missing. See incredible footage of the tsunami swamping cities and turning buildings into rubble. Video.

  • Sailors wearing protective suits bring pure water to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    Japan Radiation Harming Sea Life?

    If radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continues to enter the ocean, animals could suffer "bizarre mutations" or worse.

  • The bulbous chambers of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California

    Photos: Top Nuclear Nations' Earthquake Risk

    Among the ten nations that produce the most nuclear power, Japan is not alone in facing an earthquake hazard.

  • tsunami pictures: beach in Odaka, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

    New Tsunami Pictures

    Newly released before-and-after pictures show what it was like to be face-to-face with the tsunami.

  • Workers in the control room of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant

    Inside Japan’s Hot Zone

    Photographs from inside the Fukushima Daiichi power plant show workers as they struggle, amid peril, to stabilize the damaged reactors.

  • Workers cool a damaged nuclear reactor at the Fukushimi Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

    Seeking Safer Nuclear Design

    Only four of the 65 nuclear plants under construction worldwide are designs with integrated “passive safety” systems that could stave off overheating when power is lost.

  • Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, picture: aerial photo of reactor buildings after Unit 3 reactor explosion in wake of earthquake and tsunami

    Quiz: What Do You Know About Nuclear Power?

    You know that the Fukushima Daiichi (pictured) is now the site of one of the worst nuclear power crises the world has ever faced, but how much do you really know about energy generated by fission?

  • A control room at the Chernobyl power plant.

    How Japan's Nuclear Crisis Is Different

    Learn how the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant compares to previous disasters at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

  • A woman is scanned for radiation exposure.

    Japan Reactor Radiation Risk

    What kind of radiation are workers at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant—and everyday people—facing? What exactly is radiation sickness?

  • Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, picture: aerial photo of reactor buildings after Unit 3 reactor explosion in wake of earthquake and tsunami

    Japan Reactors, Before and After

    New and old satellite pictures reveal just how much damage Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has sustained.

  • A satellite view of a high school sports field with ''SOS'' written on it.

    Japan Tsunami, Before & After Images

    See zoomable satellite pictures of Japan before and after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake spawned a deadly tsunami.

  • The sun rises over debris in Onagawa, Japan, following a devastating earthquake.

    Japan Quake Shortened Day

    The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last Friday was powerful enough to shorten Earth's day by 1.8 microseconds.

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