Japan will commemorate the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake on 11 March, 2012 which resulted in a massive tsunami that swept away many towns and cities on the east coast of Japan.

Nearly 22,000 people lost their lives in the tsunami and thousands more lost their homes and livelihood.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake also triggered a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant forcing people to live under fear of radiation.

Here is a relook at the scenes of destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.