A massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant crisis. Japan faces what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described as the country’s darkest hour since World War II. The Diplomat looks back in pictures on how the week unfolded.
Friday March 11: At 14:46 JST, an earthquake measuring magnitude 9.0 strikes north-eastern Japan. The temblor -- one of the biggest in history -- causes a massive tsunami that sweeps into the Pacific coastline of northern Japan, leaving massive destruction in its wake. The earthquake and tsunami were so strong they moved Japan's main island 8 feet, and shifted the Earth on its axis.