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What was the date of the tsunami in Japan?

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As of 2014, the most recent significant tsunami event affecting the coast of Japan occurred on March 11, 2011. The tsunami was caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Honshu Island, Japan, the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since 1900.

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The tsunami resulted in the deaths of at least 20,319 people and over $210 billion in property damage. As of 2014, it was the costliest natural disaster in recorded history. Researchers determined that the northeast area of Japan was subjected to a tsunami wave that rose to a maximum height of 132.5 feet. The tsunami was also responsible for the flooding and subsequent partial meltdown of nuclear material at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

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