On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a powerful tsunami that reached heights of up to 40.5 metres, travelling up to 10 kilometres inland, causing massive devastation. Three years later, the Japanese government puts the number of dead at 15,884, with 2,636 still missing.

To mark the third anniversary, IBTimesUK publishes 30 powerful photos that tell the story of the disaster.