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History's worst earthquakes: A photo timeline
Japan's 8.9-magnitude temblor was the island nation's biggest ever. But, as these photos remind us, earthquake devastation is a harrowingly familiar sight
 
Residents in northeastern Japan begin to assess the damage created by Friday's devastating earthquake. Corbis

The Japanese are still trying to assess the damage caused by the record-breaking earthquake and tsunami that struck their nation on March 11, killing thousands and triggering a nuclear crisis. Here, a visual look back at history's biggest earthquakes and the damage that each devastated area faced — and, in some cases, still faces.

 

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