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German vessel sets out to explore quake-struck seafloor off Japan

One year after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japanese oceanographers and geologists are teaming up with German colleagues to uncover the traces that the the magnitude-9 quake might have left on the seafloor. The scientists will search for geomorphological evidence of what exactly happened on 11 March last year during the two and a half minute rupture that released massive amounts of seismic energy and triggered a deadly tsunami off the north-eastern coast of Honshu. 

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