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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
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he 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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