Japan tsunami and earthquake: Three months later

The Japanese resilience is on show at the tsunami-hit areas of the country. It has barely been three months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami wiped out billions of dollars worth of infrastructure and livelihood. The government had commissioned around $50 billion dollars to reconstruct the towns to what it was before the tsunami. Check out the photos of tsunami-hit towns and how they look now, three months on.

In this combo of two photos, a TV antenna leans near a stone statue of the guardian deity of children sitting among the debris in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 24, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the debris cleared and the statue wearing a new red cap as photographed on June 4, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011 and the second combo of photo shows a shinto torii, or gateway, leading to Kozuchi shrine stands among the debris in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 14, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the debris almost cleared as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, debris are piled up by damaged buildings in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 13, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with several houses demolished as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, fire engines park among the debris as a search for missing people goes on in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 18, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the debris almost cleared as photographed on June 6, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, destroyed houses and debris fill a parking lot of a shopping center in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 13, 2011, two days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the houses and debris cleared as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, a sightseeing boat sits on a building in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on April 6, 2011, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the boat gone as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast, on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, a tsunami-beached ship lies among debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 13, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the ship remained there as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, people walk along Prefectural Highway 30 sandwiched by floodwaters in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 24, 2011, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with an earth mover goes on reconstruction work as photographed on June 4, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, buildings are surrounded by debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 16, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the debris almost cleared as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, vehicles park on the ground of a junior high school serving a refugee center in Rikuzentakata, Iwata prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 19, 2011, days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, left, and the same area, right, with temporary houses are set up for survivors as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, a sea coast is filled with destroyed houses and debris at Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 12, 2011, one day after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the houses and debris cleared as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.


In this combo of two photos, a sea coast is filled with destroyed houses and debris at Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 12, 2011, one day after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area, top, and the same area, bottom, with the houses and debris cleared as photographed on June 3, 2011. Japan marks three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation's eastern coast on Saturday, June 11, 2011.































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