Located in one of the most seismically active regions of the world, Japan is no stranger to earthquakes. It sits in proximity to four tectonic plates, four distinct subduction zones, from Nankai Trough, Sagami Trough, Japan Trench and Kuril Trench, in addition to experiencing earthquakes from crustal faults.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude (M) 9.0-9.11 earthquake occurred on the Japan Trench. It was the fourth most powerful recorded earthquake in the world.

This event would come to be known as the Great Tohoku Earthquake.

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