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SERTIT rapid mapping team supporting Japan emergency rescuing action

March 11, 2011 at 5:46 (UTC) an earthquake of magnitude 8.9 hit Japan, occuring at a hundred kilometers off Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Honshu, the main island of the archipelago. The area is hit again one hour later by a tsunami that devastates everything in its path. The assessment is very heavy amounting to thousands of death and heavy damage, with a nuclear threat due to an explosion at the nuclear plant in Fukushima.