The 2011 Japanese Tsunami In Pictures: Then And Now

Residents of the city of Ishinomaki, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, lit candles to form “3.11 memorial.” The area was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami.

Residents of the city of Ishinomaki, in Japan's Miyagi prefecture, lit candles to form "3.11 memorial." The area was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami.

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These images show the tsunami tearing through the city of Natori in Miyagi, followed by rebuilding efforts in 2013.

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Here’s the town of Kesennuma, also in Miyagi, days after the 2011 tsunami, followed by how it looked last February.

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Here’s an aerial view of Japan’s northeastern coast days after the tsunami, and then again on Feb. 24, 2015.

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A leveled government office building in the Miyagi prefecture. Then and now.

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This is the baggage claim at Sendai airport and then again in 2013.

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And here’s the striking recovery of a town in Japan’s Iwate prefecture.

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Here’s a general view of Onahama port in Fukushima prefecture: March 11, 2011, vs. February 28, 2015.

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Five years after the tsunami, more than 2,500 people remain missing.

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A man prays for victims on a beach in Sendai, northern Japan on March 11, 2016. Toru Yamanaka / AFP / Getty Images
















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Brianna Sacks is a BuzzFeed News Reporter and an editor on the mobile news team. She is based in Los Angeles.

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