6 Months ago Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Thousands were killed and whole towns were destroyed. These are some then and now combination images.

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Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows vehicle travelling past the Asia Symphony cargo ship swept by ashore by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at a fishing port in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture, on April 11, 2011, and the same scene on September 9, 2011, some six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a view of Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, after the massive earthquake, tsunami, and the aftermath taken by Kyodo on March 14, 2011, (top), June 3, 2011 and September 1, 2011 (bottom) and released on September 7, 2011 ahead of the six month anniversary this weekend since the disaster. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an area of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, March 16, 2011 (top) after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and its aftermath taken June 3, 2011 and September 1, 2011, (bottom), all taken by Kyodo and released September 7, 2011, ahead of the six month anniversary this weekend since the disaster. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows tsunami hitting the coastal area of Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, taken on March 11, 2011 (top), and the aftermath of the same area taken June 3, 2011 (middle) and September 6, 2011 (bottom) by Kyodo and released September 7, 2011, ahead of the six month anniversary this weekend since the disaster. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, in flames on March 11, 2011 (top), after the massive earthquake, and the aftermath of the same area taken on September 1, 2011 (bottom) by Kyodo and released September 7, 2011, ahead of the six month anniversary this weekend since the disaster. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a fishing port of Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, after the massive earthquake and tsunami taken on March 12, 2011 (top), June 6, 2011 (middle), and September 5, 2011 (bottom) by Kyodo and released on September 7, 2011, ahead of the six month anniversary this weekend since the disaster. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER)

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows debris scattered between heat exchanger buildings of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant's Unit 3 and Unit 4 reactor buildings in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in this handout picture taken by TEPCO on March 16, 2011 (top) and August 29, 2011, both released September 6, 2011. Picture taken March 16, 2011 and August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows facilities near the seawater heat exchanger building of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant's Unit 3 reactor building pictured after a tsunami hit the area in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan in this handout picture taken by TEPCO on April 2, 2011 (top) and August 26, 2011 (bottom) and released September 6, 2011. Picture taken April 2, 2011 and August 26, 2011. MANDATORY CREDIT REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows Sendai airport on March 12, 2011 after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, 2011 and the same airport on September 7, 2011 (bottom). REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak and Issei Kato (bottom)

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

Combination photo shows smoke rises Sendai on March 12, 2011 after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the city on March 11, 2011 and the same area on September 7, 2011 (bottom). REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (top) and Issei Kato

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an area affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (top) and the same area on September 9, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an industrial port in Sendai, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a man walking in front of trucks, washed up onto a warehouse and damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at a port in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 4, 2011, and the same scene on September 9, 2011, some six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an industrial port in Sendai, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a factory in Sendai, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a factory in Sendai, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows people travelling in an area in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, on March 13, 2011 (top), and the same scene on September 9, 2011, some six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a facility at Sendai airport on March 25, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an area at a factory in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, after March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit the area, on April 14, 2011 (top), and the same scene on September 9, 2011, some six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows an industrial port in Sendai, northern Japan on March 13, 2011 (L) and September 9, 2011, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the area on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo of the Sony's warehouse near Sendai port, northeast Japan, after March 11 earthquake and tsunami on March 23, 2011 (L) and the same area on September 9, 2011, some six months after the disaster hit the area. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows a replica of the Statue of Liberty in an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, April 4, 2011 (top), and the same scene on September 10, 2011, a day before six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (top) and Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard visiting Minamisanriku town in Miyagi prefecture, after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, April 23, 2011 (top), and the same place on September 10, 2011, a day before six months since the disaster. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan After The Tsunami: Then and Now

A combination photo shows the tsunami-hit Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, after March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit the area, on March 28, 2011 (top), and the same scene on September 10, 2011, a day before six months after the disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (top) and Toru Hanai

Sep 12, 2011