On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, killing thousands. The disaster crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on the northeast coast, triggering a nuclear crisis.
One year later, Japan struggles to rebuild.
TOP: Yuko Sugimoto, covered with a blanket, searches for her child on March 13, 2011, after the quake and tsunami struck.
BOTTOM: Sugimoto found her son. She’s shown with five-year-old Raito in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Jan. 27, 2012.
Others, however, weren’t so fortunate.
Thousands of families were lost in the disaster.
damaged property: 679,871
damage cost estimate: $235 B
On December 2011, the Japanese government announced that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had reached a stable state of "cold shutdown" and that radiation leaks had dropped. But officials said the plant remains fragile, and it will take decades to fully decommission.
At least 80,000 residents who lived near the reactors are still unable to return home due to high radiation concerns.
A map shows deliberate evacuation area and restricted areas near the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Japan's GDP dropped 0.9 per cent in 2011 from the previous year. The economy shrank for the first time in two years.