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Five years on from Japan's most powerful earthquake

March 11th, 2016

Episode 875 of 1744 episodes

Exactly five years today, a giant earthquake and tsunami hit northeast Japan, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing. Tsunamis, some thought to be as high as 40m, created by the magnitude 9-quake, wiped out entire villages along the coastline. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes went back to one of the communities in Rikuzentakata to see what the town is like five years on.

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