The earthquake and tsunami were the worst disaster to hit Japan since the Second World War.
The pictures of the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami bear a chilling resemblance to shots taken after the country’s worst human catastrophe – the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It is estimated that some 70,000 Japanese died instantly when the first U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 1945, and three days later another 75,000 perished when the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
The traditional Torii entrance gates to Shinto shrines (representing the spiritual connection between the people and the land) were among the few structures to survive in Hiroshima in 1945 and in the Japanese village of Otsuchi after the tsunami in 2011.
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