The 2011 Japan tsunami: Images then and now
A visual look at how the regions hardest hit by the disaster have recovered
CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2016 9:45 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016 4:02 PM ET
Five years ago this week, Japan experienced the most powerful earthquake in its recorded history.
The 9.0-magnitude quake off the country's northeast coast triggered a tsunami that washed deep inland, putting many towns underwater and causing a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, with the subsequent release of radioactive material.
Almost 16,000 people died as a result of the quake and tsunami, with another 2,500 people still labelled as missing. More than 150,000 were displaced from their homes.
Use the before-and-after slider below to see the difference between conditions immediately after the tsunami and today.