Magnitude of the earthquake

Seismologist Bernd Weber of Germany's Geoscientific Research Institute GFZ in Potsdam points on a graph with the magnitude of the earthquake in Japan on a monitor in Potsdam.  The biggest earthquake to hit Japan on record struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.
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( REUTERS photo / March 11, 2011 )

Seismologist Bernd Weber of Germany's Geoscientific Research Institute GFZ in Potsdam points on a graph with the magnitude of the earthquake in Japan on a monitor in Potsdam. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan on record struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

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