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Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Photos Before And After Disaster Photos (INTERACTIVE)

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This combination photo shows an aerial view of Yamada town, Iwate prefecture on March 23, 2011, left, twelve days after a tsunami and March 1, 2012. It has been nearly one year since a monstrous earthquake triggered a tsunami that roared across Japan's coast on March 11, 2011, transforming once-pristine and thriving towns into waterlogged wastelands and sparking the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
This combination photo shows an aerial view of Yamada town, Iwate prefecture on March 23, 2011, left, twelve days after a tsunami and March 1, 2012. It has been nearly one year since a monstrous earthquake triggered a tsunami that roared across Japan's coast on March 11, 2011, transforming once-pristine and thriving towns into waterlogged wastelands and sparking the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Japan struggles a year later to repair the damage left in the wake of natural disaster. The destruction has been well-documented, and the subsequent nuclear disaster brought even more chaos to an already hellacious scene. As time passes and more information trickles out about Japan's lack of preparation for nuclear disaster, survivors of coastal towns continue cobbling their lives together.

The interactive photos below allow you to compare the destruction in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami to the same locations after 12 months of restoration and repair. Crumbling buildings have been razed, roads rebuilt and debris cleared -- but the work remains far from complete.

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