Last year's tsunami in Japan caused what is estimated to have been the most expensive natural disaster ever, with more than 15,000 lives lost. Click here to see a series of photos that show the destruction caused by the 2011 tsunami and the same scenes nearly a year later.
Miyako City, Toru Hanai / Reuter
Wall of water: This combination photograph shows one of the most noted images from the March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami -- a defense wall in Miyako being overwhelmed by the wall of water thrown up by a magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake, one of the largest on record. The second photo was taken on Feb. 17, 2012.