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On May 11, 2011, earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit the Tohoku area, killing more than 15,000 people and missing more than 5,000 people. A base of Japanese self-defense force in Hirata district in Kamaishi, Iwate. About 100,000 members of self-defense force, about half of the whole self-defense force in Japan, were sent into the affected areas of earthquake and tsumani, the worst natural disaster in Japan.