The following is a chronology of events in the past 10 years related to the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. <READ FULL STORY>
March 11, 2011 -- Magnitude-9.0 earthquake strikes off Miyagi Prefecture, with subsequent tsunami hitting wide areas of northeastern Japan and triggering a nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
March 12 -- Hydrogen explosion occurs at the Fukushima plant's No. 1 reactor building.
March 13 -- Police say over 450,000 people have been evacuated.
March 14 -- Hydrogen explosion occurs at No. 3 reactor building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. begins planned power outages.
March 15 -- Hydrogen explosion occurs at No. 4 reactor building.
March 25 -- Death toll from disaster exceeds 10,000.
March 30 -- TEPCO unveils plan to scrap Nos. 1-4 units at Fukushima Daiichi plant.
April 12 -- Severity of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident rated Level 7 in International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, worst rating on par with Chernobyl disaster.
June 20 -- Basic law on scheme for reconstructing areas hit by March 11 disaster enacted.
July 1 -- Government issues order for restricting electric consumption by large-lot users in eastern and northeastern Japan to avert power shortages following the nuclear accident, in the country's first mandatory power-saving drive in 37 years, or since the first oil crisis.
July 29 -- Government adopts basic policy on reconstruction of areas hit by March 11 disaster.
Sept. 9 -- Restrictions on electricity consumptions fully lifted.
Dec. 16 -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declares crippled-Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant brought to stable state of cold shutdown.
Dec. 21 -- Government, TEPCO set road map toward decommissioning of Nos. 1-4 units at Fukushima Daiichi plant in up to 40 years.
Dec. 26 -- SDF ends relief mission in disaster-hit areas.
Feb. 10, 2012 -- Reconstruction Agency is formed to better deal with rebuilding disaster-hit areas.
Sept. 19 -- Nuclear Regulation Authority is launched.
April 5, 2013 -- Up to 120 tons of radioactive water found to have leaked from underground tank at Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Sept. 7 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says issue of radioactive water leakage at Fukushima plant "under control" in International Olympic Committee conference.
April 11, 2014 -- Japan decides on Basic Energy Plan that stipulates support for resuming operation of nuclear reactors halted after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Dec. 22 -- TEPCO completes removal of nuclear fuel rods from No. 4 unit's pool at Fukushima plant.
Aug. 11, 2015 -- Kyushu Electric Power Co. resumes operation of Sendai nuclear power plant's No. 1 unit, first reactor reactivated in Japan under stricter safety regulations introduced after 2011 nuclear disaster.
Feb. 29, 2016 -- Three former TEPCO executives are indicted over failure to implement measures to prevent disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Sept. 19, 2019 -- Tokyo District Court acquits three former TEPCO executives who faced charges of failing to prevent Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Nov. 25 -- Pope Francis meets with people affected by 2011 disaster in Tokyo.
Feb. 25, 2020 -- Shipping restrictions on seafood caught off Fukushima Prefecture fully lifted.
Feb. 28, 2021 -- TEPCO completes removal of nuclear fuel rods from storage pool of No. 3 reactor at Fukushima plant.
March 11 -- Japan marks 10th anniversary of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.