The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai), Japan earthquake

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The 11 March 2011, Mw 9.0 Tohoku earthquake, already among the most
destructive earthquakes in modern history, emanated from a fault rupture that extended an estimated 450 km along the Pacific coast of Honshu, the largest Japanese island. What makes some experts, including Hiroo Kanamori who has spent a lifetime studying subduction zone earthquakes, wonder is the size of the earthquake and the consequent unprecedented damage that it wreaked on the northeast coast of Japan (Science, 18 March 2011).